Regarding Brad Glosserman’s May 13 opinion piece “Asia needs a megaphone,” I have often criticized Glosserman’s views as being slanted by and towards the political interests of the U.S. and the West. But in this case, I would like to support his proposal of a novel and needed addition to discourse on Asian international affairs.
Of course the devil would be in the details — like creating a truly independent editorial board and soliciting courageous cutting edge pieces from the Asian intelligentsia. Such pieces exist, but often not in English — and not in a style that Western thinkers may consider appropriate or sufficiently “academic.” So there would be a need for excellent translators and copy editors to present them to the world in English. Significant honoraria for articles may be necessary. More fundamentally, such a publication could only survive and succeed if the funder is wealthy, like-minded, far-sighted and in it for the long term.