Founded in 1991, the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) is an ethnically inclusive, non-profit professional organization with a mission to promote the study of Chinese communication behaviors. It is officially affiliated with the National Communication Associationnca logo, the largest communication association in the world, and a member of the International Federation of Communication Association. The ACCS has co-sponsored different professional conferences, including the 2001 annual convention of Chinese Communication Society in Hong Kong and the 2009 convention of China Association of Intercultural Communication in Beijing. Members are active scholars, teachers, students and practitioners in communication and related fields.

ACCS annual membership fee is US$10 for regular members and US$5.00 for student members. For membership inquiries, please contact ACCS Secretary.

ACCS Newsletter is the official newsletter of ACCS. It is published biannually in May and November and mailed to all members.

All paid members are included in an e-mail distribution list for official announcements. This list is updated regularly by the President based on the membership information provided by the Secretary.

Dear ACCS Members:

I am both honored and humbled to serve as President of the ACCS as it welcomes its 25th anniversary. In a quarter century, ACCS has grown to be a vibrant, all inclusive non-profit organization bringing together communication scholars from diverse ethnic and intellectual backgrounds. With a mission to promote scholarship and teaching excellence in Chinese communication studies, ACCS serves as an important platform to facilitate academic exchange, provide mentorship for young scholars and graduate students, and build a sense of of community among scholars that share common interests in the Chinese culture. It is an incredible honor to serve a growing community of dedicated teacher-scholars; at the same time, it is also a great responsibility.

The growth of ACCS would not have been possible without the hard work of many generations of ACCS officers and the enthusiastic support of its members. My heartfelt thanks go to all of the past and present ACCS officers that worked diligently to help ACCS grow, in addition to many other duties they must fulfill in their professional and personal lives. My special thanks go to Dr. Guo-ming Chen, the founding president of ACCS, and Dr. Joyce Chen, a past president and all-time webmaster for ACCS, whose continued dedication and service for ACCS are both inspirational and set a high standard. I would also like to thank my more immediate predecessors Drs. Hairong Feng and Rya Butterfield, whose guidance has been tremendously helpful.


A Message
Dr. Meina Liu

ACCS President 2016-2017

George Washington University

My connection to ACCS dates back to twelve years ago, when I was on the job market, thanks to the mentorship I gained from Dr. Lucy (Xing) Lu, the ACCS president back then, and a group of scholars and doctoral students I met at the annual dinner party that made me feel welcomed to join the academic family. Since then, I began to be involved in numerous roles, ranging from reviewer, chair, respondent, panelist, to newsletter editor, and more recently, vice president. Despite the success we may achieve in our respective sub-fields, ACCS provides a uniquely refreshing platform, as it allows us to break sub-disciplinary walls, maintain a level of connectedness that is deep and long lasting, gain service and leadership experience with readily available mentorship, and seek social support from those with similar backgrounds and experiences. It is my hope that more scholars join and feel identified with ACCS as a truly academic home where they are active participants and feel free to reach out for support, advice, collaboration, or help.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, a few initiatives are under way to help ACCS grow into a stronger community and provide better service to its members:

First, ACCS will establish an advisory committee composed of past presidents. They are among the wisest and most experienced scholars in the field of Chinese communication studies. They are knowledgeable about the history of the field, ACCS, and areas that need most attention and development. Their collective wisdom can continue to benefit ACCS through their advice and guidance to present and future officers.

Second, as a nonprofit organization registered in the United States, ACCS has financially relied on the support of its members through annual membership dues, as well as individual donations, to benefit members in the forms of top paper awards, Dr. Ray Heisay Graduate Scholarships, and happy hour social events. In the years to come, ACCS will actively pursue fundraising activities to generate more resources that will benefit our members in additional ways, such as establishing a dissertation award, student travel grants, as well as hosting receptions that reach out to diverse audiences for more networking opportunities.

Third, ACCS will continue to grow and increase membership size with the help of two committees: an external affairs committee and a student affairs committee. Besides outreach activities through traditional channels, these two committees will also utilize social media, such as Wechat, Facebook, and Twitter, to reach out, inform, and engage existing and prospective members. In addition, we will continue to nurture a collaborative intellectual environment where scholars embracing diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are equally encouraged to participate in panels and submissions.

Fourth, ACCS will continue to reach out to other professional organizations, such as Asian-Pacific Communication Association (APCA) and various Chinese communication associations, to explore opportunities for jointly hosting receptions at NCA and ICA, as well as co-hosting panel sessions.

I'm pleased to work alongside the newly elected officers of 2016-2017: Dr. Chiaoning Su, Vice President, Oakland University; Dr. Ping Yang, Secretary and Treasurer, Millersville University; and Ms. Luling Huang, Newsletter editor, Temple University. Many thanks go to the nomination committee ¨C Dr. Bing Han (University of South Carolina), Dr. Xiaowei Shi (Middle Tennessee State University), and Ms. Song Shi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)- for their service. I also look forward to working with Dr. Rya Butterfield, immediate past President, Nicholls State University; Dr. Bo Feng, Research Committee Chair, University of California, Davis; Dr. Pei Zheng, External Committee Chair, Ithaca College; Dr. Zhuojun Joyce Chen, webmaster, University of Northern Iowa; and Mr. Yukang Yang (University of Washington), Ms. Yang Bai (Univeristy of Oklahoma), and Ms. Minghui Fan (University of Alabama), Student Committee Co-chairs, to accomplish the aforementioned objectives.

I'd like to close this letter by urging everyone to come and attend the ACCS Business Meeting at NCA (8:00-9:45, Grand Salon II, first floor), and the Top Paper Session (12:30-1:45, Logan, first floor), both scheduled for Friday, November 11. We will continue the tradition of an annual dinner party at 6:30-8:00pm on Friday night in the Ocean City Restaurant (234 N 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; weĄŻll meet in the conference hotel lobby at 6pm, and walk over together), followed by a happy hour social event in the PresidentĄŻs suite (room number TBA). Please stay tuned for further information.

I also urge all graduate students to apply for the Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship, which carries a monetary stipend of $500 and was established to honor a long-term ACCS member and renowned scholar. This year, we will give not one, not two, but three awards. Please visit for details on how to apply. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Joyce Chen by email (

I look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia!

Meina liu, Associate Professor
The George Washington University


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