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Professor Dr Edgar Porter

Professor Dr Edgar Porter is Pro Vice President for International Affairs and Faculty Development at Japan's Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), where he also holds the position of Professor of Asia Pacific Studies. Prior to accepting the position at APU in 2006 he was at the University of Hawaii for 17 years where he served in several capacities, including Dean of the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies. He was on the foreign language faculty in China's Henan Teachers University from 1979 - 1981. Porter is the author of the books "Foreign Teachers in China: Old Problems for a New Generation" and "The People's Doctor: George Hatem and China's Revolution." He is the co-editor of “Journalism from Tiananmen” and the recently published “China in Oceania: Reshaping the Pacific?” He is a founding Board of Directors member of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education and serves on the steering committee of that organization.


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