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National expert explores Chinese-Southeast Asia relations

Sept. 23, 2010

KALAMAZOO--One of America's best-known Southeast Asia scholars will give a free lecture at Western Michigan University Thursday, Sept. 30.

Photo of Dr. Donald E. Weatherbee.Dr. Donald E. Weatherbee, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, will talk on "China--Southeast Asia Relations Through Two Millennia, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium.

The lecture is being sponsored by WMU's Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies and Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Once described as "the dean of American scholars of the international relations of Southeast Asia," he has written more than 100 books, book chapters and journal articles.

His most recent publications include two 2008 books, "International Relations in Southeast Asia: the Struggle for Autonomy" (2nd revised edition) and "Historical Dictionary of United States-Southeast Asia Relations, and the on "ASEAN's Identity Crisis" a 2008 book of essays titled "Legacies of Engagement in Southeast Asia."

Weatherbee has taught or carried out research in major academic centers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain.

Although a retired South Carolina faculty member, he continues to serve as a consultant to public and private agencies interested in Southeast Asian and Indonesian issues. Current contributions in that regard include a paper on the political impact of climate change in Southeast Asia for the National Intelligence Council and prepared testimony on "The U.S.-ASEAN-China Triangle" for the U.S. Congressional Commission on U.S.-China Relations.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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