Giants of Asia: Why Leadership Matters


Luncheon Presentation by Tom Plate, Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University, syndicated columnist, and founder, Asia Pacific Media Network

One of the more neglected topics of inquiry in contemporary Western political science, so grounded in statistical and economic research methodology, is the leadership factor. In the book series Giants of Asia, U.S. journalist and scholar Tom Plate has been exploring aspects of leadership in Asia by focusing on major figures, including Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, Malaysia's Mathathir Mohamad and Thailand's Thaksin. Through informal but detailed, and sometimes intimate, conversations with these figures, a pattern of need-based leadership emerges that will be the topic of the presentation. The next book in this series will spotlight former South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, now Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Plate writes about America’s relationship with the Pacific Rim, and his columns have appeared in many newspapers in Asia and the U.S. He is Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University in California and Visiting Professor with the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. He previously taught undergraduates courses in media, ethics and Asian politics at the University of California Los Angeles. He is the author of nine books, including Confessions of an American Media Man. In the late 1990s, he founded the non-profit Asia Pacific Media Network, which was headquartered at UCLA. He has been a staff editor or writer at Time, Newsday, New York magazine, and CBS, as well as Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Amherst College and has a master’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Event Details

Fri 25 May 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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$450 Asia Society members/ Full-time students; $550 non-members
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