“The rationale for this change is to recognize Prof. Nan Lin's pioneer and significant contributions to our association (NACSA) and the research on Chinese societies. Nan Lin is Oscar L. Tang Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Duke University. As a world-wide known and respected sociologist, he has published substantive seminal work and mentored multiple generations of scholars in and beyond the research field of Chinese societies for about four decades. He is the Inaugural President of the NACSA, and he played a vital role in the rebirth of sociology in China in the late 1970s, and has been continuing to actively contribute to the development of sociology in China.
Because our association has entered a new stage of development, it is the perfect timing and also our honor to recognize Prof. Lin's pioneer, significant, and world-wide respected contributions to the association, the research area on Chinese societies, and the discipline of sociology. The renaming will also help motivate and inspire the research endeavors of future generations of young scholars working on Chinese societies.”