Asian Consortium for Social Quality (ACSQ) is a consortium of institutions and experts interested in developing alternative notion and methods of social development and social policy. There is no doubt that the quality of  the socia; is the most important aspect of societal progress. Yet there are many differences in the historical background, economic development, and social conditions among continents and societies. Different background makes comparison as the most useful research method in understanding the dynamics of the quality of social life in each society.

So far, there have been collective efforts to establish the conceptual and theoretical framework of social quality in European context. Many interesting debates were made to operationalize theoretical concepts into empirical indicators and variables. Yet Asian societies have shown quite different path of development after the modernization has been initiated. Betraying the prediction of Marx and Weber, Asian countries have showed impressive rate of economic development. Japan has been the model of success until 1980s, and four dragons such as Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore were the model of developing countries until recently. Now China is the most vibrant economy followed by new emerging economies such as Thailand , India , and Malaysia .

Asia is also a region of many disparities and contradictions. Societies became too modern too soon, thus simultaneous coexistence of tradition and modernity sometimes produces conflicts and contradictions. Formal democracies are installed in many countries, but it is very fragile in institutionalization of social conflicts, as is shown in Thailand and Korea in these days. Rapid growth has entailed huge inequalities as is shown in China . There is no objection that Asia is a very interesting area for the study of social quality.

Asian scholars, with collaboration of European scholars, have successfully built a research network and revised indicators. Database will be elaborated further, and cross-societies comparison is expected.

We hope this web site can contribute to the more systematic cooperation among Asian scholars based on voluntary and friendly commitment.