World Affairs Council Event Features America’s Only Asia-only Columnist’s New Book “In the Middle of the Future”

Tom Plate – award-winning journalist, critically acclaimed book author and America’s only Asia-only columnist – will give a talk Tuesday, Feb. 4 on “In the Middle of the Future: Tom Plate on Asia” and his thoughts on Asian current affairs.

The discussion – sponsored by the World Affairs Council Young Professionals – will be held at 7 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in downtown Los Angeles.

In the Middle of the Future

He will discuss the recently-published work, a critically acclaimed anthology of columns depicting the economic rise of Asia in the past two decades. Plate’s column has been featured for the past 18 years in newspapers throughout the world, and it has been recognized as the longest-running newspaper column about Asia based in the U.S.

In his career as a journalist, Plate, of Beverly Hills, has interviewed numerous political figures and world leaders, including U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, British Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair, and Japanese Prime Ministers Keizo Obuchi and Junichiro Koizumi.

His four-volume “Giants of Asia” series have been based on in-depth interviews with such Asian world leaders Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.

Currently the Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he founded The New ASIA MEDIA website (asiamedia.lmu.edu), he previously taught undergraduate courses in media, ethics and Asian media and politics at UCLA.

Tickets are $10 for World Affairs Council Young Professionals members and $15 for the general public. For information and tickets, please go here or call (424)-258-6160.