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AES expands in China

The first Audio Engineering Society section in mainland China has been formed, following a series of meetings in Beijing between AES regions and sections chair, Peter Cook, and AES member Shusen Wang.

The first Audio Engineering Society section in mainland China has been formed, following a series of meetings in Beijing between AES regions and sections chair, Peter Cook (pictured, bottom row center), and Shusen Wang (pictured, left of Cook), a long-time AES member, VP of a Beijing broadcasting company, and a leading professional audio consultant there. Prior to 2004, AES members in China numbered in the single digits. By 2006 there were 45 Chinese AES members listed, a number that remained static until late May 2012, when Cook made two AES presentations to members of the China Audio and Video Association (CAVA). Following those meetings a group of over 25 Chinese AES members from Beijing and other cities discussed a Beijing section with Cook, and AES membership more than doubled. Wang was unanimously invited to chair the section. “The seriousness and passion demonstrated by the AES members I met with in Beijing was deeply impressive,” said Cook. “They are fully committed to all the fundamental elements that make the AES an invaluable forum for professional audio. They enthusiastically recommended highly qualified local vice-chairs to be responsible for education, research, broadcast applications and other areas of universal AES concern.” Cook added, “I was genuinely taken aback when they conveyed the huge size of China’s professional audio community. This initial Beijing section may mark the beginning of a substantial AES expansion in China. Their concerns for the importance of an AES affiliation were humbling.” Wang applauded Cook’s recommendations, and has already begun to map out a programme to incorporate them. “We will work closely with the AES parent organization to introduce Chinese experts to relevant technical committees; to invite them to submit research papers; to introduce Chinese stake-holders to standards committee chairs; and, do everything possible to ensure the success of first-time Chinese exhibitors at AES Conventions,” Wang said. “The AES has many individual members in China. We believe our new Beijing Section will sustain a long and mutually beneficial on-going relationship with China’s professional audio community,” concluded AES executive director Bob Moses. “This move exemplifies our plan to expand the AES mission and support our ongoing effectiveness throughout Asia and the Far East.” www.aes.org

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