Conference Theme: Asian Oedipus

The title of the IPA Asia conference “Asian Oedipus” speaks to a belief in the universality of a fundamental psychoanalytical concept.  The consolidation of established Societies and the emergence of new IPA groups in the Asia-Pacific region which have led to the conference is broader testimony to the cross-cultural applicability of well-known psychoanalytic ideas and concepts. The application of such ideas and concepts in particular cultural contexts, however, will inevitably reveal some challenges and differences which will potentially provide a valuable stimulus to our understanding of such concepts both in the east and in the west. The 2017 Conference is therefore structured to maximise such understanding. Sessions have been arranged in order to facilitate a discussion of these challenges and differences of the western and eastern perspective. Creating dialogue in keynote sessions and small groups that allows for two views that supports a new third position is a primary aim of the conference such that psychoanalysis in Asia can observe itself and the other, in order to promote new growth in thinking and thereby assist the exciting development of psychoanalysis.  

The Programme Committee would like to share with you some of the literature surrounding Oedipus in Asia, as background reading for the Asia-Pacific Conference. Ahead of the conference we would suggest exploring the myths, legends and cultural context which, along with the different family systems, religious beliefs and cultural values may have shaped the Asian Oedipus. We have also listed the theoretical concepts which have been elaborated by our Asian colleagues and may not be recognized in the West. 


Akhtar, S. (Ed.)      (2009) Freud and the Far East. Psychoanalytic Perspectives and the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea. New York (Jason Aronson) 
Baldassarro A.      (2016) Alterity and Identity in the psychoanalysis of the 21st Century: myths, religion, language in Cartographies of the Unconscious: A new atlas for psychoanalysis Ed. L. Preta Mimesis Int, (Milano)  
Bianchedi, E.       ;Oedipus Forever 
Blowers, G.       (2006) Crossing borders, Oedipus in Asia  and the resistance to psychoanalysis. Online: Blowers Geoffrey Crossing Borders
Britton, R.; Feldman, M. E. O`Shaughnessy       (1989) The Oedipus Complex Today: Clinical Implications. London (Karnac) 
Ganzarain, T.     (1987) The Ajase Complex and Various Types of Guilt. Paper published at the Japanese Psychoanalytic Society on October, 1987 and published (in Spanish) in Rev. Chilena Psychoanalytic 32 (2): 93-102, 1988 ( Available in English on request) 
Gerlach, A., Hooke, M. T. S., Varvin, S.       (2013) Psychoanalysis in Asia. London: Karnac. 
Gu Ming Dong      (2006) The Filial Piety Complex: Variations on the Oedipus Theme in Chinese Literature and Culture. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2006, LXXV, 163-195  
Kakar S.      (2016) As Psychoanalysis Travels,  in Cartographies of the Unconscious: A new atlas for psychoanalysis. Ed. L. Preta 
Kitayama O     (2013) Psychoanalysis in a ‘shame culture’: a drama based viewpoint. In Psychoanalysis in Asia P 151-168
Kosawa, H.     (1931) Two kinds of guilt feelings: the Ajase complex. In: S. Akhtar (Ed.) (2009): Freud and the Far East. Psychoanalytic Perspectives and the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea. New York (Jason Aronson), pp. 61-70 
Kosawa, H.      (1954) Two kinds of guilt feelings—the Ajase complex. Japanese J. Psychoanal., 1: 5-9. 
Okonogi, K.      (1979) Japanese psychoanalysis and the Ajase complex (Kosawa). Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 31:350-356 
Scharff, D., Varvin, S.     (2014) Psychoanalysis in China. London: Karnac. 
Zhang Tianbu      (2009b) The Chinese Oedipus Triangle (Abstract). Shaanxi Provincial Peoples' Hospital Xi'an China 710068  









(Translated by Frank Wang, revised by Ya-Wen Lee.)(翻譯:王明智)(校修:李雅文)