I hope you are having a peaceful and productive year. It
is my great honor to serve as the 2013-2014 president of
the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS).
With me stand a group of dedicated ACCS officers: Hairong
Feng (Vice President), Qi Tang (Secretary/ Treasurer), Chiao-Ning
Su (Newsletter Editor), Shuo Yao (Research Chair), Yahui
Zhang (External Affairs Chair), and Wuyu Liu (Student Committee
Chair). Most of them have served our association over years,
and new joiners have shown no less passion to serve. I feel
fortunate to work with this team. Thank Mei Zhang for an
excellent job chairing the election committee. Meanwhile,
I want to thank Qin Zhang, Joy Chao, Joyce Chen, Canchu
Lin, and our founder, Guoming Chen. Each of them has influenced
me with his or her unique merits. Their leadership and dedication
has become a symbolic asset, passing from veterans to new
members. My biggest thanks go to our ACCS members, whose
unceasing support have made the ACCS stay strong.
The ACCS was founded as an NCA affiliate in 1991, with the
mission to promote Chinese communication. Two decades later,
the association has gained positive recognition and steady
growth in both size and quality. In 2011-2012, we had 78
active members, although the yahoo interest group had a
more impressive number. We are at a point that applying
for a caucus or division status becomes possible. No matter
whether this is the direction to go, the strong support
has demonstrated the members’ faith, which is essential
for any association’s growth.
year, with Joy Chao’s perpetual efforts in conference
planning, we have maintained eight sessions, including the
business meeting, five paper sessions and two panels, one
of which is a tribute to our own, internationally renowned
scholar, Dr. William Starosta. I hope to see many of you
there. The other panel features a discussion on Chinese
scholar’s surviving and thriving in career and personal
life. The five paper sessions cover a large range of topics,
from interpersonal communication to state-level interactions.
Our business meeting is at Marriott Virginia C Lobby Level
at 2-3:15 on Friday, November 22. Please come in and enjoy
its Chinese nexus position at NCA, ACCS has also established
connections with other domestic Chinese or international
associations. This year, ACCS continues to co-sponsor the10th
International Conference of China Association for Intercultural
Communication (CAFIC) in Haikou on Nov. 21-24. These joint
conferences allow ideas to sparkle and networking to start
or continue. I hope that collaborations at the organizational
level trickles down to the individual level, be it research-,
teaching-, or exchange program related. Eventually, motivated
individuals propel developments, which brings the development
of the organization. The interdependence is key.
graduate students, consider applying for Dr. D. Ray Heisey
Graduate Student Scholarship. Dr. Heisey was Director and
Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Kent State
University, and a long-term ACCS member. His research has
had extensive influence in the intercultural communication
field. He had taught in China and published many studies
on Chinese communication. This scholarship was established
to commemorate him and to assist young talented minds. Please
see details at http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/accs/scholarship.htm.
but not least, I want to express what ACCS perhaps attracts
its members perhaps the most: its focus on building a strong
community and fostering mutual care among the members. Some
members have established great friendships through ACCS.
Some consider it an inviting group to give or receive advice.
However, harmony does not equal conformity. Ideas, suggestions,
and critiques are all welcome. Only through open communication
can we grow together. Let’s keep the dialogue going,
discover the best ways to serve the ACCS, and allow the
ACCS to serve its members. Please contact Dr. Qi Tang at
email@example.com to join the association or reactivate
your membership. Feel free to contact me with any issue
related to ACCS. Thank you and best wishes to you all.
Dr. Qi Wang
ACCS President 2013-2014