The Asian American Experience: Illusion of Inclusion and Dissociation of Otherness

Credit Option
Program Type
Garden City, Online

This presentation focuses on psychoanalytic exploration of Asian American experience.

It is often assumed that Asian Americans are successful in America: We will look at how the illusion of inclusion from this Model Minority stereotype obscures othering of Asian Americans.   In the heels of the recent  Atlanta mass shooting of the Asian massage parlor workers , I explore the relationship between this illusion of inclusion and sexualization of Asian women and feminization of Asian men in my own clinical work with Asian patients.  The legacy of cultural dissociation among the psychoanalytic founders on contemporary racial minority patients, including Asian Americans, will also be addressed.

Three learning objectives:

  • Describe how the illusion of inclusion, through the promise of the American Dream and Model Minority Contract has obscured othering of Asian Americans.
  • Describe the concept of Asian fetish.
  • Describe how the legacy of cultural dissociation among psychoanalytic founders has impacted contemporary racial minority patients.

Workshop Information:

Course Date:

May 1, 2022

Meeting Time:

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. EST


3 CEUs available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC


  • General Admission: $70.00
  • Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student: $50
  • Derner student/Postgraduate candidate: $25
  • Veterans: $25

Faculty Bio

Kris Yi, PhD, PsyD

Kris Yi, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and a supervising and training psychoanalyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles. She has a psychoanalytic private practice in Pasadena, CA where the majority of her patients are Asian Americans. She has presented widely and published in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of race and transference, cultural dissociation, and ethnic identity.


  1. Yi, K.  (2014) From No Name Woman to Birth of Integrated Identity: Trauma- Based Cultural Dissociation in Immigrant Women and Creative Integration, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24:1, 37-45, DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2014.870830 
  2. Yi, K. (2014) Psychoanalysis’s Cultural Dissociation Meets Ethnic Minorities: Reply to Commentary by Kimberlyn Leary, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24:1, 52-55, DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2014.870833 
  3. Tummala-Narra, P. (2016).  Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy. The American Psychological Association.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

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