Robert J. Lifton is a psychiatrist who has spent his career studying some of the great historical events of his life time. His major projects have been studying the survivors of Hiroshima, Chinese thought control, the Nazi doctors and the anti Viet Nam War movement. In this memoir he reviews the events, the people and his own thoughts as he went through his journey.
CAPA stands for Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance which is an organization created by Dr. Elise Snyder a New York psychoanalyst. The organization runs a training program where mostly American psychoanalysts teach Chinese psychoanalytic students theory and technique as well as providing individual supervision all via Skype. The first graduation of this two year program was recently held in Beijing China .
Shanghai Girls a novel about two Chinese sisters and their struggles in becoming immigrants in the United States is reviewed. The book is quite engrossing as well as providing empathic insights into the immigrant experience.
The New York Times and other media outlets recently reported 13 suicides at the the Foxconn factory in China. This situation reminds this author of a similar situation in which I was part of a small consultation team studying an epidemic of suicides in a large city in the United States. The approach which we took and the response to our report is discussed.