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Club Lunch: The English Radical Who Stirred Asia

Speaker: Philip Bowring

12:45PM – LUNCH

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,, 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.

Speaker: Philip Bowring,Author/Columnist

Human Rights Press Awards


The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The 22nd annual awards were held on May 12, 2018, in a ceremony at the FCC. Click here to find out who won.