This class will offer a brief overview of the history and development of radical movements in acupuncture profession in the United States. It will provide background for a vision of acupuncture practice ethics based on social justice.
- To help community acupuncture practitioners understand revolutionary roots of acupuncture in USA.
- To show examples of how acupuncture has been historically used as an anti-oppression tool and as “people’s medicine”.
- To help community acupuncturists evaluate their ethics around their work in the context of using their acupuncture praxis to create social change.
This course is inspired by Greg Jones’s popular zine: "A Radical History of Acupuncture in America". Course participants will read many of the same articles that inspired Jones’s zine that has been handed out at Community Acupuncture Clinics around the country. It’s a deeper look at the vision of acupuncture practice ethics based on social justice.
In this class you will read and watch videos about:
• How acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been utilized in different communities in America over the last 150 years.
• To show examples of how communities self-organized to address dire health epidemics with little to no support from local authorities.
• About the similarities in the struggles between Chinese immigrant communities in the early 1900’s compares to the struggles of African American and Latino Communities in New York in the 1970’s.
• How acupuncture was first used for recovery from substance abuse (hint: it wasn’t by acupuncturists)
• About the challenges around making acupuncture more accessible all over this country, and who is making it more challenging.
If you have any questions about this class or the material, please email me, Elizabeth Ropp, at firstname.lastname@example.org