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Patrick Smith

Author, Columnist and Asia Editor, The Globalist

Patrick Smith has been a correspondent, editor, critic, and essayist for more than three decades, chiefly in Asia. He has also lectured widely on journalism and foreign affairs.

He served as the Hong Kong correspondent of the International Herald Tribune and later its Tokyo bureau chief. In 1985, he received the first of two Overseas Press Club awards, this one for best foreign economic reporting. While in Japan, he also wrote “Letter From Tokyo” for the New Yorker.

Mr. Smith’s second book, Japan: A Reinterpretation (Pantheon, 1997) won an Overseas Press Club award for the best book on foreign affairs. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Kiriyama Book Prize.

In 2010, he published a volume of essays, Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post-Western World (Pantheon, 2010). He continues to contribute commentary and essays to a variety of publications.

His book Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century was published by the Yale University Press in May 2013.

Articles by Patrick Smith

Rethinking America’s Exceptionalism

Can Americans exist without the ideology of exceptionalism that has carried them for over two centuries?

October 6, 2013

American Power: When Atlas Shrugs

To bear less responsibility in the 21st century will do the United States good, even it it means less American power.

September 27, 2013

Was America Ever Exceptional?

How it hurts a nation that cannot distinguish between strength and power.

September 15, 2013

Reconciling the Two Indias

How has India's development caused its society to split in two — and how can these parts be reconciled?

November 6, 2010

Reading the Tea Leaves in November

Is the United States ready to accept the 21st century?

October 7, 2010

America’s Turning Point: Was It 2001 or 2008?

What can Americans learn about the future by identifying a fundamental turning point in their recent past?

October 6, 2010

Somebody Else’s Century

Why does the Western world still not understand certain key aspects of Asia?

September 18, 2010

Hong Kong — A Failure To Celebrate?

What makes Hong Kong's political crisis a beacon of hope?

January 21, 2004

A Secret Letter from Beijing

What does a Chinese government official think about the Chinese and U.S. position on the global stage?

March 25, 2003

South Korea — The End of Obedience

What is the real meaning of recent U.S.-South Korean differences?

February 25, 2003

The Independence Generation

Is understanding the developing world's habits of memory key to understanding its aspirations?

January 15, 2000