Global Psychology: Symphony or Elephant

Rachel Sing Kiat Ting, Jian Ai Thong

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This essay pays homage to the life and work of Professor Kuo-Shu Yang particularly his vision of Indigenous psychology (IP) through a commentary on the chapters from Part 2 in this book. We dialogue with 5 authors from various backgrounds on their similarities and discrepancies with regard to Yang’s vision on IP, which lies primarily on a political analysis of current Mainstream psychology (MP), and the implications of IP to global citizenship. Then we reflected on our cultural identity as Chinese diaspora in Malaysia, the pedagogical limitations of MP (Western dominant) in Asia, and the complication of developing IP in an ex-colonized country. Finally, we seek to propose a more socially just methodology and epistemology for the future of Global psychology (GP), with reference to our previous work among Chinese minority groups. The potential challenges in fulfilling this vision among diverse Chinese societies are also addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Psychology from Indigenous Perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationVisions inspired by K. S. Yang
EditorsLouise Sundararajan, Kwang-Kuo Hwang, Kuang-Hui Yeh
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030351250
ISBN (Print)9783030351243
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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