82 Years of Editors
Elizabeth Green 1928-33 (vols. 1.1 – 6.7)
Elizabeth Green was the editor of Pacific Affairs during its first six years of existence. At the time, Pacific Affairs’ headquarters was located in Hawaii. She later married E.S. Craighill Handy – a renowned author who specialized in the ancient civilizations of Hawaii. She co-authored a book entitled “Native Planters in Old Hawaii: Their Life, Lore, and the Environment” with her husband and Mary Pukui.
Owen Lattimore 1934 – 41 (vols. 7.1 – 14.2)
Owen Lattimore was a pioneering scholar and educator who published extensively on Mongolia and other parts of Inner Asia. During World War II, he was a political advisor to Chiang Kai-Shek for six months, as well as serving in the US Office of War Information. He was a victim of the McCarthy witch hunts of the early 1950s, and eventually moved to Britain in 1963. He retired and returned to the US in 1970.
Edward C. Carter, 1941-42; 1945 (vols. 14.3-15.4; 18.1-18.4)
Edward C. Carter was a prominent figure in the international YMCA movement prior to his time as the editor of Pacific Affairs. He was secretary (1926-1933) and then secretary general (1933-1946) of the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR). When he commenced his term as secretary general in 1933, he successfully lobbied to have the IPR headquarters moved from Hawaii to New York. Pacific Affairs moved along with the IPR to New York.
William L. Holland, 1943-44; 1954-78 (vols. 16.1-17.4; 27.1-51.2)
While William L. Holland’s terms as editor of Pacific Affairs was his most prominent contribution to the journal, his close association with Pacific Affairs dated back to his work with the Institute of Pacific Relations, where he served as the American IPR Executive Secretary and the IPR Secretary-General, among other roles. It was during his second term as editor when Pacific Affairs moved its headquarters to The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 1961. He was concurrently appointed as the head of the Department of Asian Studies at the university. In 2003, he established the William L. Holland prize for the best article of the year from Pacific Affairs. Please visit our webpage for further details.
Philip E. Lilienthal, 1946-53 (vols. 19.1 – 26.4)
Prior to serving as editor of Pacific Affairs, Philip Lilienthal worked for the IPR, and was active in other organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. During the time he served as the editor for Pacific Affairs, he was concurrently the editor for the Far Eastern Survey (now Asian Survey). After his term, he took the position of editor at the University of California Press. His contributions to the development of the press is marked by the series named in his honour.
Heath B. Chamberlain, 1978-84 (vols. 51.3 – 57.4)
Heath (Pete) Chamberlain is a China specialist who taught in UBC’s Political Science Department from 1968-2001. He has published articles on Communist Party economic management and Chinese civil society in such journals as China Quarterly, Modern China, Pacific Affairs and the Austraian Journal of Chinese Affairs.
R.S. Milne, 1985-87 (vols. 58.1 – 60.2)
Robert Stephen Milne a graduate of Oxford University,specializes in politics of the Southeast Asian region, specifically Malaysia and Singapore. His written works include ‘Malaysian Politics under Mahathir’ and ‘Singapore: The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew’. He has held academic positions in various universities around the world. He was a professor at Wellington, New Zealand,as well as the Universities of Singapore, Bristol, The Hague, and the Philippines. Finally, he was founding Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1980.
Ian D. Slater, 1987-99 (vols. 60.3 – 72.3)
Dr. Ian D. Slater is an author of best-selling thrillers. He is a native of Australia where he worked for the Australian navy and the Australian Joint Intelligence Agency, after which he became a marine geology technician in New Zealand and then in Canada. He published is first adventure-thriller “Firespill” in 1977, the same year in which he obtained his doctorate degree in political science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of 23 novels, as well as various stage plays, short stories, and a critically acclaimed literary biography of George Orwell.
Terry McGee, Interim Editor, 1999-2000 (vols. 72.4 – 73.3)
Terry McGee obtained his masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the recipient UBC Isaac Killam Research Prize in 1996, and the Erskine Fellowship from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 2000. He was awarded the Vautrin Lud Prize in Geography by the International Geographical Union, which is the top international prize in Geogrpahy. In UBC, he was a director at the Institute of Asian Research and a professor at the Faculties of Arts and of Graduate Studies.
Glen Peterson, Interim Editor, 2000-2002 (vols. 73.4 – 75.2)
Glen Peterson obtained his doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia. His area of specialization is modern Chinese history with a focus on South China, Chinese transnationalism and the history of education in China. His publications include Education, Culture and Identity in Twentieth-Century China (with Ruth Hayhoe and Yongling Lu) and The Power of Words: Literacy and Revolution in South China, 1949-1995.
Timothy C. Cheek, 2002-2008 (vols. 75.3 – 81.1)
Timothy Cheek came to UBC and Pacific Affairs from Australia by way of the US. He obtained his doctorate degree in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University. His editing experience began with the CCP Research Newsletter. His area of specialty is China, with a focus on China’s intellectuals and Chinese Communist Party history. He is the Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research.