HPU Professor Publishes Book on Contemporary Asia

July 30, 2012

Random Views of Asia and Central PacificHPU Professor William Sharp publishes a collection of essays written for the general reader who wishes to know more about contemporary Asian affairs. The focus is largely on geo-strategic issues in Northeast Asia, although attention is given to Central Asia, Tibet, Vietnam, and India.

William E. Sharp, Jr.'s association with Asia started in 1968 while serving with US Army military intelligence in Vietnam.. He later received an A.B. Degree in Political Science, focused on Chinese and Japanese politics, from the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Hawaii where he received a M.A. Degree in Asian Studies at Unievrsity of Hawaii. He has received the James Shigeta Award for Excellence in Asian Studies and the Lee-Shao Chang Award for Excellence in Chinese Studies. He studied Mandarin Chinese in both Taiwan and Beijing. During the 1980s, he lived in Japan where he taught English and was a free-lance writer.

Returning to the US in 1989, he attended Harvard University where he earned an Ed.M. Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. In the early 1990s, he was Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. He currently teaches classes about East Asian politics at Hawaii Pacific University and hosts, Asia in Review, a weekly TV show dedicated to substantive discussion of contemporary Asian affairs. From late 2005 to early 2009, he wrote "Look East," a column for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that discussed Asian affairs. His book Random Views of Asia from the Mid-Pacific recently published by Savant Books and Publications incorporates over 50 fifty essays commenting on events throughout Asia.  Individually or as a guest of Asian governments, he often travels to Asia to meet with scholars, think tank researchers, journalists, government officials, etc., to keep abreast of the latest developments in Asian politics.

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