One Day Conference on Bicultural Identity – “Bridge in Between: Challenges of Immigrant Identity”

One Day Conference on Bicultural Identity

November 14, 2015
10:00AM – 4:00PM
At Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street, NY, NY 10128


The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
Member of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies
co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW


Bridge in Between: Challenges of Immigrant Identity

Morning session with a theater performance of

“Dirty Paki Lingerie”

Written and performed by Aizzah Fatima
Directed and developed by Erica Gould

Afternoon presentations of

The Pakistani-American Bicultural Self and Its Vicissitudes

Alan Roland, PhD, Training Analyst, NPAP,
Author of In Search of Self in India and Japan (1991) Princeton University

Toward Transcultural Self from Bicultural Self
Nobuko Meaders, LCSW, Training Analyst,
The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

Afternoon Discussion Panel

Joan Adams, LCSW Suah Kim, PhD Vartika Mutha, PsyD

5 Contact hour Credit Approved


Program Description

Morning session, 10:00 to 12:00
Performance of the play “Dirty Paki Lingerie” interweaves the stories of six Pakistani-American Muslim female characters, ranging in age from six to sixty-five, at the chaotic juncture of two different cultures. Written and performed by Aizzah Fatima (who plays all the characters) and developed and directed by Erica Gould, it has played, with critical acclaim, to sold-out houses off Broadway, in UK cities including London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as in Toronto, Pakistan and Turkmenistan, where it was selected by the State Dept. to be the first American theater piece to represent the US in that country’s International Theater Festival. “Dirty Paki Lingerie” has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and on the BBC, CBC and NPR. It has also been performed for schools and student and community groups where it has stimulated numerous lively post-performance discussions.

The second part of the morning program will include Q&A discussion with the artists about their joint project.

Afternoon session, 1:00 to 4:00
Small informal group discussion will start the afternoon program, focusing on audience response to emotional, theoretical or clinical issues raised by the play. The discussion will be led by group leaders and will be reported to the larger audience.

Presentation of paper “The Pakistani-American Bicultural Self and Its Vicissitudes” by
Alan Roland, PhD

Dr. Roland is an author, Training Analyst, Member of Faculty and Board of Directors and Program Chair of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. His many publications include “Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis: The Asian and North American Experience,” Routledge, 1996, and “In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward Cross-Cultural Psychology,” Princeton Univ., 1988. He is also an exhibiting artist and produced playwright.

Dr. Roland will speak of the vicissitudes of both Pakistani and Indian American youngsters as they either are born and grow up in the US or come here during childhood. Value issues can sometimes be diametrically opposite between South Asian ones and those of Euro Americans, e.g., the reciprocities of their hierarchical relationships and American egalitarianism and contractual relations. Moreover, their parents who immigrate try to hold on to their old values and become more traditional and conservative than their relatives and friends back home, which creates even more conflict in their children who are incorporating a new and different culture. Further, they often have to be parental to their parents, especially their mothers, in educating them in how to negotiate this new culture. In psychoanalytic therapy, it is usually necessary to deal first with the existential conflict between the two cultures before going into disturbed, internalized familial relationships, which makes their adaptation more difficult.

Discussion and panel

Discussion paper “Toward Transcultural Self from Bicultural Self” by discussant and panel moderator, Nobuko Meaders, LCSW, will focus on the psychological processes of adjustment of self-identity and its trajectory of changes that immigrant families might face. The bicultural phase of belonging to neither will be contrasted with the transcultural phase of belonging to both cultures as consolidation of self becomes possible. Ms. Meaders is Training Analyst Senior Supervisor, PGCMH PPSI, Clinical Consultant, PACE University Counseling Center, and in private practice. She has written and presented papers at various conferences here and abroad on cross-cultural adaptation and treatment issues. Her publications include a chapter on Transcultural Self in “Immigrant Experiences” edited by Paul Elovitz and Charlotte Kahn, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 1997.


Joan Adams, LCSW, is Training Analyst at PPSI. In addition, she is the Founder and Senior Consultant of the Anti-Racism and Multicultural Consultation and Training Service of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Suah Kim, PhD, is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently a Post-Doctoral Therapist at Rutgers University Newark Counseling Center.

Vartika Mutha, PsyD, is a graduate of Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University and is currently an Associate Psychologist at Mapleton Outpatient Clinic, South Beach Psychiatric Center, NY.

For registration, see Fee Schedule on next page.
At the door registration: Check, money order or cash only.
Advance registration (before October 20):

Check to be made to: The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society
Mail to: PPSI
PO Box 2031
Madison Square Station
NY, NY 10010-9996
Cancellation: Full refund one week prior to conference




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