Photo from Yunnan Daily
We’ve always found China’s obsession with UFOs highly amusing, so this interview on GoKuming particularly struck our fancy. The site spoke to Zhang Yifang 张一方), founder and former director of the Kunming UFO Research Association, who recently organized the 2009 International Astronomy Year and Extraterrestrial Life Forum at Kunming’s Dongfeng Plaza.
The event, which ran from October 31 to November 6, featured exhibitions of UFOs and other unexplained phenomena in China, as well as a host of UFO footage appraisers. In the interview, Zhang explains that he hopes the forum will help publicize UFO knowledge… and that he can one day make friends with extraterrestrials.
“I am convinced, because I am a physicist and an astronomer,” he says at one point, possibly replying to the question about how a man of science (he teaches Physics at Yunnan University) can entertain ideas about aliens. “I am convinced that extraterrestrials exist.”
At least he has the support of his family (a wife and son), who seem just as convinced as he is that the truth is out there. They even recount how all of them witnessed a UFO together. The family that seeks together, stays together, we suppose.
Check out the video on GoKunming.