While most minority groups in the Western world generally accept modern medicine for the treatment of mental and physical diseases, many of their individual members still rely on 'cultural healing practices' in everyday life.
Throughout history, all cultures and societies have developed practices associated beliefs and attitudes that support individual well-being and social harmony. These practices and attitudes are part of a society's cultural heritage, shaping the relationship between people and with themselves. In this context, for some, a 'healthy life' can mean not only the absence of disease but also the right balance with the self, society and the environment. Healthcare researchers often ignore this dimension, which is particularly important within poly-ethnic societies or states.
Cha-Hsuan Liu is working with a senior researcher at Academia Sinica in Taiwan in order to map the possibilities for a research project in this field within the IIAS Cultural Heritages research theme.