Club Lunch: The English Radical Who Stirred Asia
Speaker: Philip Bowring
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
12:45PM – LUNCH
1:15PM – ADDRESS
Mr. Bowring will launch his new book, “Free Trade’s First Missionary”, a biography of Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), a liberal, Unitarian, linguist, poet, economist, politician, iron entrepreneur, free trade pioneer, governor of Hongkong, plenipotentiary in the Far East, author of the Bowring Treaty with Siam and King Mongkut’s man in Europe.
The speaker has been a FCC correspondent member since 1975 and is a distant relative of the subject. He has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.