RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC is a collection of essays written for the general reader who wishes to kw 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, began his association with Asia in 1968 while serving with US Army military intelligence in Vietnam. He has an A.B. Degree in Political Science focused on Chinese and Japanese politics from the University of California, Berkeley. In Hawaii he received an M.A. Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa along with 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 Taiwan and Beijing. During the 1980s, he lived in Japan where he taught English and worked as a free-lance writer. Returning to the US in 1989, he attended Harvard University where he earned an Ed.M. (Master of Education) Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. In the early 1990s, he served as 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. He often travels to Asia to meet with a variety of experts to glean the most contemporary insights on Asian affairs.