[Talk] History and Journalism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Date: Thursday, 4 April 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00pm (45 minute talk with 15 minute Q&A)
Venue: Saga Rector’s Commons

Philip Bowring will discuss the importance of history to good journalism, particularly as it relates to his new book about Asia’s maritime region, “Empire of the Winds.” Based upon his own experiences in South East Asia over the last fifty years, he will reflect upon the evolution of journalism and its ever-changing relationship with politics at times of rapid economic and social change.

Philip Bowring was educated at Cambridge University and began his journalism career in South Sudan in 1964. After the Investors Chronicle in London and Finance Weeks in Sydney, he moved to Hongkong in 1973 for the Far Eastern Economic Review. After a period with the Financial Times, he returned to the Far Eastern Economic Review and was editor of it from 1988 to 1992. From then until 2011 he was columnist for the International Herald Tribune and a consultant to investment banks. Since 2012 he has been writing columns for various publications including www.asiasentinel.com, a web site he helped found in 2008, and writing history focused on context more than detail.

Lunch will be provided.

Co-Sponsored by Yale-NUS College Library and Writers Centre.