Asian Review of Books contributors

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones is an associate professor of Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Sydney and a visiting professor of sociology at Nanyang Technological University. He is the author most recently of Sixteen for ’16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America. Follow him on Twitter @sbabones.

Jill Baker

Jill Baker is an Adjunct Fellow at the Asia Business Council in Hong Kong.

Andrea Bettinelli Dal Cin

Andrea Bettinelli Dal Cin is co-founder of Solomusica, which coordinates classical music relations between Asia and Europe.

Joshua Bird

Dr Joshua Bird is an international development professional working across the Asia-Pacific. He is currently editing for publication his thesis on economic development and ethnic identity in China’s northwest.

Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London. His most recent book is Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler. For more writings see

Agnès Bun

Agnés Bun is a French reporter based in New Delhi. She won the Daniel Pearl Award in 2010.

John Butler

John Butler recently retired as Associate Professor of Humanities at the University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, and has taught at universities in Canada, Nigeria and Japan. He specializes in early modern travel-literature (especially Asian travel) and seventeenth-century intellectual history. His latest book is an edition of Sir Thomas Herbert’s Travels in Africa, Persia and Asia the Great (2012).

Jonathan Chatwin

Dr Jonathan Chatwin is a British writer who has lived in, and written on, China. He is the author of Anywhere Out of the World: The Work of Bruce Chatwin.

Jame DiBiasio

Jame DiBiasio is the author of The Story of Angkor (Silkworm Books, 2014).

Glyn Ford

Glyn Ford is a former Euro-MP and author of North Korea on the Brink.

Nicholas Gordon

Nicholas Gordon has an MPhil from Oxford in International Relations and a BA from Harvard. He works at a think tank in Hong Kong. His writing has also appeared in The South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, China Daily and Caixin.

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books.

Brian Haman

Brian Haman is an International Fellow at New Europe College in Bucharest.

Melanie Ho

Melanie Ho is a writer who has reviewed for publications in Hong Kong and Canada.

Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming teaches at Hong Kong Baptist University and is co-editor of the journal Cha. Her latest poetry collection is Hula Hooping.

Theophilus Kwek

Theophilus Kwek is the author of three collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, Circle Line and, most recently, Giving Ground.

Stephen Maire

Stephen Maire is a Director of garment manufacturing and trading company. He has lived in East Asia for more than twenty years.

Rosie Milne

Rosie Milne runs Asian Books Blog twitter@asianbooksblog. She lives in Singapore.

Juan José Morales

Juan José Morales is the co-author of The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815. His writing has also appeared in Caixin, China Daily, The Diplomat and The Jakarta Globe.

Saima Nasar

Saima Nasar is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her research is concerned with the transnational history of race, empire, and diaspora.

Bill Purves

Bill Purves is a Hong Kong-based writer. He is the author of several books, including A Sea of Green: A Voyage Around the World of Ocean Shipping and China on the Lam: On Foot Across the People’s Republic.

Pamela Recinella

Pamela Recinella is an Italian stage and opera director.

T F Rhoden

T F Rhoden is an adjunct instructor at the Institute of South East Asian Affairs, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. His most recent publication is Karen Language Phrasebook: Basics of Sgaw Dialect (White Lotus Press, 2015).

Francis P Sempa

Francis P Sempa is the author of Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century and America’s Global Role: Essays and Reviews on National Security, Geopolitics and War. His writings appear in The Diplomat, Joint Force Quarterly, the University Bookman and other publications. He is an attorney, an adjunct professor of political science at Wilkes University, and a contributing editor to American Diplomacy.

Tim Sifert

Timothy Sifert is a Hong Kong-based journalist.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a French musician, poet, literary translator, and editor. Her most recent book is The Ruined Elegance: Poems.

John Darwin Van Fleet

John Darwin Van Fleet is Assistant Dean for the USC-SJTU Global Executive MBA in Shanghai. His book Tales of Old Tokyo, a romp through the city’s history from 1853 to 1964, was published last year, while Squabbling Siblings, Japan and China from Antiquity to 2020, will be published in early 2017.

Jane Wallace

Jane Wallace is a Hong Kong-born journalist and author living in London.

Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong is a Hong Kong poet now residing in London. Her most recent book is Goldfish.

Hilton Yip

Hilton Yip is a writer currently based in Hong Kong and former book editor of Taiwan’s The China Post.

Alfred A Yuson

Alfred A (Krip) Yuson is a Filipino novelist and journalist, and author of The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen, a previous manuscript of which was short-listed for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize. His previous novels are Great Philippine Jungle Energy Cafe and Voyeurs & Savages.