James W. Borton





Senior writer and editor with over 18 years of experience in international journalism and editing. Author and respected authority on Southeast Asia politics and culture, with wide network of high-level government contacts throughout region. I am a journalist for Asia Times Online writing about media developments in the region. I have also served as a contract Asia Pacific Projects for Foreign Affairs, published by the Council of Foreign Relations in New York and an Asia Pacific (Hong Kong –based) correspondent for The Washington Times.


Most recently, I have been engaged as a media advisor and consultant for West Virginia University's School of Journalism advising them in the development of a Center for the Study of Emerging Media in Vietnam. In the Fall 1999, I was also appointed as a research fellow at the Hanoi School of Business focusing on ICT developments and the impact on media.


As an entrepreneur, I was responsible for the launch of several publications including Venture Japan, and New Asia Review.  Additionally, I was a former research fellow at the Hong Kong-America Center at Chinese University, with expertise in media developments, ICTs, and Internet developments in the Asia Pacific region. I remain actively engaged in research and writing on China�s media reforms.  I am and remain an experienced lecturer and the published author of Venture Japan (Probus 1992).






West Virginia University, The P.I. Reed School of Journalism, Morgantown, West Virginia 12/04- Present

Adjunct faculty/media advisor for the development of a Center for the Study of Emerging Media in Vietnam.


USC Beaufort, Beaufort,SC. 09/03-12/03

Adjunct lecturer English Department. Taught English 102.


New School University, New York 09/02-12/02

Adjunct lecturer in the Department of Communication. Taught a course in "international reporting."


Pace University, New York 09/02-12/02

Adjunct lecturer in Publishing Program, teaching a course (graduate level) in publishing and editorial principles.


Hong Kong- American Center, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2/01 to 9/01

Research Fellow

Collaborating on research on e-Learning Developments in Greater China.

Development of content for Asia Pacific wide e-Learning website.


Hanoi School of Business 9/99 to 1/00

 Research Fellow

Extensively researched technology developments in Vietnam, including Internet, e-commerce, and distance learning prospects.  Conducted comprehensive interviews with major ISPs and multinationals.








Asia Times Online, Hong Kong 2/01- Present

Regular correspondent to this online publishing channel. Responsible for many articles and indepth series on China and media developments.


Foreign Affairs, Council on Foreign Relations, New York 6/03-1/05

Director of Asia Pacific projects. Responsible for development and writing of special reports on APEC 2003 & 2004, Saudi Arabia and others.


The Washington Times 8/97 –1/03*

Senior Writer/International Department

Filed many country reports covering ongoing business and political issues in the Pacific Rim and Asia.

Wrote and produced numerous sponsored country supplemental sections- China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guam, Saipan, and Macau.

* Occasional contributor (political analysis) for the Foreign Desk and reports to the Foreign Desk editor, David Jones.



Academic Partners, LLC (publishers of Lingua Franca), New York 3/01 to 12/01

Contract Senior Writer/Editor

Integral to successful launch of "World Higher Education Reporter", a bi-weekly newsletter providing a sourcing link for the educational market.

Developed original editorial content and contributed feature articles for their flagship magazine, University Business.



New Asia Review  (published by Dragon Media Inc.) 1/94 to 8/97

Editor and Publisher

Successfully launched this academic quarterly journal, a review of all things Asian.

Developed editorial content and handled overall publishing responsibilities.

Obtained corporate sponsorships, gaining major support from the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp. and Mitsui Trading Corp.

Sold periodical to Asia Pacific Economic Review and served as member of board.


Investment Dealers' Digest 1/92 to 1/94

Group Publisher

Handled business development, marketing and management responsibilities for Mergers & Acquisitions, Directors & Boards, M&A International, and Venture Japan.

Completed successful editorial licensing deals in Tokyo.



Venture Japan 7/88 to 1/92

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Established publishing company, Asia Pacific Communications, Inc.

Developed editorial content of Venture Japan, a journal that provided strategic business information for software and biotechnology companies conducting business in Japan.

Negotiated the successful sale of journal and financial database to Wall Street's Investment Dealers� Digest (now owned by Dow Jones & Company.)



Yale University, New Haven, CT

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 6/76 to 8/76


University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Master of Arts Degree in American Studies  (with Honors), 1976


University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies/English  (with Honors), 1975


Interests: Avid sailor on his 1960 classic Lightning, Badjao and a student of Vietnamese language.



Member of the President's Circle of the Asia Society, New York

Member of the Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong

Veteran U.S. Army Honorable Discharge