The broad aim and significance of the IPA Asia-Pacific Conference goes beyond the mere opportunity to share ideas, experiences and scientific knowledge, and to further the cultural and social understanding between colleagues from Asian-Pacific and Western countries. It represents a crucial milestone in the building of a future Asia-Pacific Region for the IPA.
At present, the IPA has three regions: Europe, North America and Latin America, with each region comprising the Societies of that area. The IPA Asia-Pacific Conference represents a historical moment in the formation of the fourth region of the IPA: the Asia-Pacific Region. This is in consideration of the development and the richness of the Component Societies, Study Groups, Allied Centres and IPA Training in the region: the Australian Psychoanalytical Society, the Indian Psychoanalytical Society, the Japan Psychoanalytical Society; the Korean Study Group and the Taiwan Study Group; the China Allied Centre, the Korea Allied Centre and the Taiwan Allied Centre; and the IPA Training of the China Committee in Beijing and Shanghai. Not only will this be an appropriate recognition of the area’s Component Societies (many of whom are amongst the oldest in psychoanalysis), but it also celebrates the contribution of everyone who is actively involved in spreading psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic ideas across the region.
I would therefore like to extend a warm welcome to my peers from the region, both members of long-established Societies and the pioneers who so much contributed to the development of psychoanalysis in the area. I equally welcome all European, North American and Latin American associates to this momentous occasion in Taipei.
It is with sincere gratitude that I express my appreciation to my Taiwanese colleagues for their vital collaboration and input, which has enabled us to host this event.