Title: Footbinding, A Jungian Engagement with Chinese Culture
and Psychology
Author: Dr. Shirley See Yan MA
Date: 12 January, 2011 7:30 pm

The Book Attic
Cockloft, 2 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Book Launch
Specialised in book restoration
In this book the author provides a Jungian perspective on the Chinese tradition of
footbinding and considers how it can be used as a metaphor for the suffering of women and
the repression of the feminine, as well as a symbol for hope, creativity and spiritual

Drawing on personal history, popular myths, literature, and work with clients
"Footbinding" discusses how modern women still symbolically find their feet bound
through this ancient practice.  Detailed case studies from Western and Asian women
demonstrate how Jungian analysis can loosen these psychological bindings allowing the
client to reconnect with the feminine archetype, discover their own identity and take
control of their own destiny. This original book will be of great interest to Jungian
analysts looking for a new perspective. It will also be of interest to anyone studying
Chinese culture and psychology.

Author Biography:
Dr. Shirley See Yan Ma is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Hong Kong and Toronto,
Canada. She teaches Analytical Psychology in various cities in Asia, North America and in
Zurich, Switzerland. She is an Honorary Assistant Professor of Psychology at the
University of Hong Kong and founder/director of Jung Centre Hong Kong.