FROM THE SHORENSTEIN ASIA-PACIFIC RESEARCH CENTER IN PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA – Ian Johnson, a veteran journalist with a focus on Chinese society, religion and history, is the 2016 recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award. The award, given annually by the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, is conferred to a…Full Article U.S.: PRESTIGIOUS ASIA-REPORTAGE SHORENSTEIN AWARD GOES TO STAR JOURNALIST IAN JOHNSON
TOM PLATE WRITES – Begin with the unpretentious wisdom of the late Yogi Berra, a notably inarticulate Hall of Fame baseball player celebrated for memorable ‘Yogi-isms’: “It’s tough to make predictions,” one went, “especially about the future.” But the wish for the better can parent premature thoughts; the caring media…Full Article HONG KONG: SO WHO IS XI JINPING?
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Orville Schell has been writing about China for decades and is not viewed in the West as a China-basher by any means. But in the current New York Review of Books, the former dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a rigorous recounting…Full Article CHINA: A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF XI JINPING
Bill Hayton, THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (Yale University Press) – astonishing reportage, deep and thorough and convincing … Orville Schell and John DeLury, WEALTH AND POWER (Random House) – understanding China’s mentality via beautifully written portraits of leading figures through history … Sheila A.Smith, INTIMATE RIVALS (Columbia University Press) –…Full Article RECENT BOOKS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
TOM PLATE WRITES: The biggest question about China at the moment is the buoyancy of its economy. Suddenly there are serious worries. In China, people might believe Americans wish for their economic collapse. This is not true. If only because of the intimate interdependence and indeed inter-reliance of our two…Full Article PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: China Without Fear – Inside the Mind of Zhu Rongji
Los Angeles – (a syndicated column by Tom Plate) It’s uncertain whether Asia will come to entertain many Western journalists that tried harder to understand their region, their ways and their history than Barry Wain, who has died at 69. The former editor of the once Hong Kong-based Asian Wall…Full Article PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: What Do Journalists Really Do?