27. We’ll Always Have Paris – Paris Syndrome

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” – Yogi Berra

This week, we’ll wrap up our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Paris is in many ways a city constructed by and for tourism: tourism shapes which landmarks are preserved, which civic resources are available, and whose needs are prioritized. It’s hard to imagine a Paris without tourists – who wouldn’t love the City of Light? Well, as it turns out, some people really, really, really want to go home. P.S. Don’t miss the end of this week’s episode – I have some exciting news!

Episode 27: “We’ll Always Have Paris: Paris Syndrome”



Les japonais en voyage pathologique à Paris: un modèle original de prise en charge transculturelle. – Viala, Ota, Vacheron, Martin, Caroli, Nervure, 2004.


“Jerusalem Syndrome and Paris Syndrome: Two Extraordinary Disorders” – Eliezer Witztum & Moshe Kalian, Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Paris Tourism Has Recovered From 2015 Attacks, Officials Say – NYT

Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man – BBC

Thousands rally in Paris to protest crime targeting Chinese – Reuters

France remains the world’s leading tourist destination – French government

Chinese Tourists Find A Movable Feast But Feel Left Behind – NYT

How the 2015 terrorist attacks have affected Paris tourism – TheLocal

Key Stats: Paris Tourism 2016 – Official Paris board of tourism

Paris ou le choc de la réalité – Slate France

Paris syndrome hits Japanese – The Guardian

Further Reading:

This week, there’s no homework (hurray!) except to go back and review the show’s previous episodes. Send me your questions! I’ll be selecting my favorites and answering them during our next episode.

LET’S TALK PARIS! You can see my own recommendations here, but don’t forget to talk about it on the show’s Facebook page!

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