HPU News for August 2011

Former White House official speaks at HPU

August 12, 2011

Dr. Victor D. Cha

Dr. Victor D. Cha, a former Director for Asian Affairs in the White House National Security Council, receives applause after a well-attended discussion at Hawai‘i Pacific University, Aug. 11.


HONOLULU — Dr. Victor D. Cha, a former Director for Asian Affairs in the White House National Security Council, shared his experiences during a well-attended discussion at Hawai‘i Pacific University, Aug. 11.

Cha, a distinguished visiting professor at HPU during the summer term, spoke about his diplomatic experiences in Asia, the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference in Hawai‘i, and the potential for the Islands to host similar international events.

Cha is the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and professor of government at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is also the senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

His specialties include studying sports in political contexts. His most recent book is “Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sports in Asia.”

Cha is teaching two courses at HPU: an undergraduate course on Sports and International Politics, and a graduate seminar on Security Issues in Asia.