It is a great pleasure for us to welcome you to China to attend the 9th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology to be held at Kunming, China, from July 28 to 31, 2011.
The theme "Towards Social Harmony: A New Mission of Asian Social Psychology" of the conference gives priority to a healthy dialogue between Asian cultural traditions and globalization, and emphasizes the dynamics of peaceful interaction among different cultures, society and social groups. After Hong Kong in 1995, Kyoto in 1997, Taipei in 1999, Melbourne in 2001, Manila in 2003, Wellington in 2005, Sabah in 2007 and Delhi in 2009, this conference will be held in China, for the first time. This move represents an excellent opportunity for us to connect with our Asian neighbors and develop collaborative programmes of social psychological research. It provides a golden opportunity for exchanges in all areas of social psychology, and among different cultures of Asia. We are planning numerous social and tourism activities that we hope will contribute to the development of social psychological research and its application, and serve as an academic forum for social psychologists in Asia-Pacific.
Kunming popularly called as "Spring City", is the political, economic, communications and cultural center of Yunnan province, situated in a fertile lake basin on the northern shore of the Lake Dian and surrounded by mountains to the north, west, and east. The city of eternal spring enjoys a pleasant climate all the year round with flowers blooming everywhere. Here is a microcosm of China in the areas of minority affairs and nationality relations. The province has 25 ethnic groups, nearly half of the country's total, some living in self-administrative districts with unique cultural living conditions.
We, as the conference organization committee, are putting in our best efforts to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable. We are hopeful that you shall join us in making this event a grand success.
We look forward to meeting you in 2011, and hoping that you will have scientifically productive and socially fruitful experiences in China!
Prof. Yue Guoan
Past President, Chinese Association of Social Psychology
Prof. Yang Yiyin
President, Chinese Association of Social Psychology
Director, Center for Social Psychology Studies, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Prof. Zhang Jianxin
President Elect,Asian Association of Social Psychology
Vice Director, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Yang Lin
President, Yunnan Normal University