Message from the President
It is my great honour to serve AASP as President for the next two years. Established in 1995, our association has now turned 22 years old – the age of students getting a bachelor’s degree in many countries! The AASP has grown rapidly, from a small group of colleagues and friends to the association of more than 800 diverse members. Our flagship journal AJSP is flourishing with hundreds of high quality papers published already and the rising impact factor. The biennial conferences and summer schools regularly provide members with intellectual stimulation, new discoveries as well as networking opportunities. We owe a lot to our predecessors — for their vision, entrepreneurship, and assiduous hard work – for what we have achieved as an association thus far.
Where to from here? AASP has huge potential. We should identify our strengths and develop them with greater confidence. First, social psychology can impart important knowledge for the rapidly changing Asia-Pacific region. Our research can contribute towards the enrichment of people’s life experiences, community practices, and for better intergroup relationships within the region. Second, our region maintains some intellectual traditions that are unique to Asia. We can develop social psychologies that exploit these intellectual traditions. Further, our region is diverse. Diversity can enhance creativity when distinct thoughts are brought together, debated, and integrated.
More dialogues and sharing of ideas among AASP members seem important for the AASP to move forward. Thus, following the footsteps of our predecessors, the new Executive Committee is working on some specific projects. Let me briefly elaborate on them below, after introducing our new team.
The Executive Committee
There have been some changes in executive committee membership. James Liu (New Zealand), who organised the successful Auckland conference (see Conference Report below) has completed his role as Past President. Jim has worked tirelessly for AASP for so many years, as Secretary General (2005-7), AJSP Editor in Chief and Publication and Research Chair (2008-2010), President-Elect (2011-2013), President (2013-2015), and Past President (2015-2017). On behalf of AASP, I’d like to express my deep appreciations for his contributions.
Allan Bernardo (Macao) has completed his role as President, and is now the Immediate Past President. Also, he is taking up a Chief Editorship of AJSP (2017-2018) and thus he will continue playing multiple, important roles (see AJSP Announcement below). Thanks so much for your dedication Allan.
Hoon-Seok Choi (Korea) is your new President-Elect. Li Liu (China) continues the role of General Secretary. Itesh Sachdev continues (UK) as Education and Training Committee Chair. Wendy Li (Australia) is replacing Takeshi Hamamura as Treasurer. Susumu Yamaguchi (Japan) completes his AJSP Chief Editorship and Publication and Research Committee Chair at the end of 2017. The four Regional Reps are Hiroaki Morio (East Asia), Hamdi Muluk (Southeast Asia), Roomana Siddiqui (South Asia), and Takeshi Hamamura (Insular Pacific).
Additional people assist the Executive Committee, including Reps at Large (Fang Wang – China, Emma Buchtel – Hong Kong, Jungsik Kim – Korea, Chien-Ru Sun – Taiwan, Elaine Fernandez – Malaysia, Delia Belleza – Philippines, Catherine Wan – Singapore, Watcharaporn Boonyasiriwat – Thailand, Katya Hanke – Germany, Sammyh Khan – UK) and Senior Advisors (Sikhung Ng, James Liu, Uichol Kim, Susumu Yamaguchi, Yoshi Kashima).
AASP Small Group Meetings
We are introducing a new scheme “AASP Small Group Meetings” in order to facilitate research activities, publication and networking among AASP members. AASP members can now apply for funding for organising a small academic conference that focuses on a particular topic.
AASP Social Media Strategy
To facilitate communication among members and to increase AASP’s online presence, we are developing the AASP social media strategies. This is an initiative of Sammyh Kahn, Rep-at-Large (Europe), who has recently conducted a member survey on social media usage. Read Sammyh's report here. We hope to send out our first messages soon in both English and Chinese.
JPRP Special Themed Section
Journal of Pacific-Rim Psychology (JPRP) is an open-access e-journal published by Cambridge. To expand the outlets of member research outputs, a new scheme has been launched in which papers that constitute a thematic symposium at an AASP conference could form the core of a Special Themed Section of the JPRP. Additional papers would also be included in the Special Themed Section. If you wish to organise a symposium on a specific topic at a future AASP conference, you should therefore consider editing a Special Theme Section of the JPRP as Guest Editor. With approval of Editors of JPRP, Guest Editor will be appointed by President Elect. Do consult with Dr Hoon-Seok Choi if you have a candidate topic.
Support for AASP student members attending the SASP Summer School
To strengthen our support for early-career researcher training, we have decided to award a financial support to PhD students who wish to attend the summer school run by the Society of Australasian Social Psychology (SASP) in Australia in February 2018. Three students were selected. Congratulations.
Diwa Malaya Quinones (University of the Philippines-Diliman), AASP member, supervisor: Prof Cecilia Conaco (AUD 1000)
Darren Dumaop (University of the Philippines-Diliman), AASP member, supervisor: Prof Cecilia Conaco (AUD 500)
Myrtle Orbon (Adventist University of the Philippines), AASP member, supervisor: Prof Vicky Mergal (AUD 500)
We expect to read about each awardee’s camp experiences in the next issue of the Newsletter.
Currently, the tenure of an editorial team of the AJSP is two years. At the end of 2017, the team led by Susumu Yamaguchi completes their tenure, and the new team led by Allan Bernardo commences their work in January, 2018. Read Allan's report here.