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Hobart Alumnus’ Book on Malaysia Published

A Hobart alumnus co-edits book on the development of Malaysia under Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

(October 17, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–The book “The Malaysian Journey: Progress in Diversity,” co-edited by Thang D. Nguyen and Frank-Jürgen Richter, was recently released from Times Editions. Thang is a 1998 graduate of Hobart College. “The Malaysia Journey” captures Malaysia's transformation from a former British colony to one of Asia's most developed countries. It provides an assessment of the key challenges facing Malaysia and an outlook on Malaysia's future.

Thang D. Nguyen is regional manager for Asia at the World Economic Forum, responsible for its Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Southeast Asian affairs. He contributes frequently to international and major Asian newspapers, and his recent book is “Indonesia Matters: Diversity, Unity and Stability in Fragile Times.” He holds a B.A. (with honors) in American studies from Hobart College, and a M.A. in international relations and economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. While at Hobart, he received the Trustees scholarship, was named to dean's list and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Frank-Jürgen Richter is director at the World Economic Forum in charge of its Asian affairs. He lived, studied and worked in Asia for almost a decade, in Tokyo and most recently in Beijing where he developed and managed European Multinationals' China operations. Richter's recent books include “Recreating Asia and China: Enabling a New Era of Changes.”

“'The Malaysian Journey' illustrates the paths that Malaysia has chosen for itself to become an exemplary model of development. The progress Malaysia has made reflects the leadership and wisdom of Prime Minister Mahathir, whose voice speaks well both for Asia and the developing world,” said Supachai Panitchpakdi, director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“When Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad steps down in October 2003, after more than 20 years as Malaysia's Premier, he will have left to his successor a stable, prosperous and progressive nation moving toward First-World status. 'The Malaysian Journey' draws on the assessment of a diverse group of contributors who have been witness to the creation of today's Malaysia, a successful, multi-ethnic, multi-faith nation,” said Henry A. Kissinger, former United States secretary of state.