I am Associate Professor in School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. I have been a member of AASP since its inception. I have always been interested in people and culture in different parts of the world since I was young, perhaps due to the experience of growing up in Tokyo, Japan in the second half of the Showa era when people were quite outward looking and keen to absorb Western influences. A year of living in the United States as an exchange student at the age of 17 made me realise that the US culture was very different from the Japanese stereotypes of Americans and their society, and that crossing the cultural boundaries is quite difficult. The experiences became the foundation of my later research interests in cross-cultural and acculturation research. After obtaining a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, I relocated with family to Australia which has become our second home. My work on psychological acculturation has focused on the effects of social networks, personality, and cultural distance on adaptation of immigrants and international students in Australia. I also publish on topics related to language use and effects of psychological threat. I’ve served as associate editor (2008-2011) and chief editor (2014-2016) of the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.