Bulletin Vol. 8 No. 2 Sep 1971

soon after his arrival. Being its concurrent director, he also believes that besides its educational commitment, the main mission of the Social Research Centre is to make social research relevant to the practical problems of contemporary Chinese society. In reviewing its many activities, he takes pride in the fact that the following projects have been completed: 1. Study of the Impact of Urban Industrialism on a Chinese Village 2. Study of Chinese Civil Servants 3. Studies: Foster Parents Plan in Hong Kong; Church Social Service Agencies; Information System Transmission in Social Agency 4. Study of the Needs and Problems in Tun g Tau Resettlement Estates According to Prof. Chin, it is his good fortune to participate and make his contribution to the following projects which are currently in progress: 1. Hawker and Hawking Studies Programme a) Spatial Economy in Hawking Activities b) Social Structure and Hawkers' Families c) Problems of Hawkers' Relocation d) Government Policy concerning Hawkers and its Implications e) Communication Patterns and Hawkers 2. Industrial Community (Kwun Tong) Studies Programme a) Organizational Analysis: Economic, Political, Educational, Religious, Family, Welfare, and Medical and Health Organizations b) Life Quality Survey c) Social and Psychological Factors in Family Life and Youth 3. Study of Health Attitudes an d Services in Kwun Tong 4. Study of the Impact of Industrialization on Fertility (in co-operation with Hong Kong Family Planning Association) The projects, conducted by a number of social science faculty of the University o n a voluntary basis and a small group of full-time Research Specialists and Assistants, have been funded by various sources, including the University, The Asia Foundation, the Harvard- Yenching Institute, the Government Lottery Funds, the Family Planning Association and agencies such as the United Methodist Church in Hong Kong. One particular case is the subvention from the Government Lottery Funds for the Hawker and Kwun Tong Programmes, amounting to HK$223,150 and HK$50,474 respectively. Visiting Professor 授 敎 立 郁 陳 Prof. Robert Chin Dr. Robert Chin joined the University in August 1971. Born in New York City, he took his degrees in Social Psychology at Columbia University. He has been with the Psychology Department at Boston University since 1947 and one-time Research Director for its Human Relations Centre. More recently, he has been the Centre's Director of Advanced Training Programmes, coordinating work on Organizational Development and Laboratory Methods, including the Training Group. He is a Fellow of the National Training Laboratory-Institute of Applied Behavioral Science. He has served as consultant to executive management groups in business corporations in their leadership development programmes. He has also conducted leadership workshops for the National Council of Churches, and national agencies of the United Methodist Churches, and the Union of Hebrew Congregations. Last year, he completed a study for two industrial corporations in the United States on effects upon the organization and organizational behaviour of hiring minority and disadvantaged persons. At this University, Prof. Chin is conducting a course with Dr. Ambrose King and Mrs, Evely n Ho of New Asia College on Advanced Social Systems Theory: Group Processes and Social Change. The course introduces the students to methods of "experiential learning” as applied to change in group processes. Prof. Chin's long-term interests in Chinese society were deepened by his experiences in China during the mid-1940's and his Fulbright appointment to National Taiwan University in 1963. Recently, he and his wife, Mrs. Ai-li S. Chin, Temporary Lecturer in Sociology, United College, wrote a book on Psychology Researchin Mainland China, Prof. Chin has been an active member of the Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues, serving as - 2 -