Dear Patient, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the US, and as the month winds to a close I've been thinking about cultural appropriation, and my role as a practitioner of a medicine that originated in Asia. In some ways, cultural appropriation is simply something we humans do. We exchange ideas, we borrow tools, we trade recipes. Novel and foreign elements become woven into the tapestry of society. This is also how practices that can benefit all of humanity—like acupuncture—flourish. In their most authentic form, the best cultural traditions bring people together.

Read →