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Name  Thomas Plate
Children  Ashley Plate
Education  Amherst College

Spouse  Andrea Darvi (m. 1979)
Role  Journalist
Siblings  Maureen Plate
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Thomas Gordon Plate (born May 17, 1944) is an American journalist, university professor and op-ed columnist. Over the last 22 years his continuing column on Asia - and now specifically China - has appeared in leading newspapers across the globe, including the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where he is now a columnist writing fortnightly about China, while based in Los Angeles,The Straits Times in Singapore, The Khaleej Times out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Japan Times in Tokyo, The Korea Times in South Korea, The Jakarta Post and many others. He was Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Los Angeles Times from 1989 to 1995, and an L.A. Times op-ed columnist until 2000. He is now at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as its Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies and full-time Clinical Professor. He is vice president and a member of the board of the Pacific Century Institute in Los Angeles. He is founder and editor-in-chief of Asia Media International (, America's only website run by college students devoted entirely to Asia and the U.S.


For a span of more than 15 years, ending in August 2008 when he retired from UCLA, Professor Plate taught undergraduate courses in media, ethics and Asian politics and media. He was nominated by his department for a UCLA teaching award, and pioneered courses in the media and politics of Asia. While at UCLA, he founded the campus-based non-profit Asia Pacific Media Center. APMN served as a network for educators, journalists, media professionals, government and business officials concerned with regionally common issues, controversies and opportunities between America and the Pacific Rim. It spawned the online magazines Asia Media (asiamedia.lmu.ed)and Asia Pacific Arts, the latter now located at the University of Southern California. Professor Plate, a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future, now teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he is the Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies and founder and editor-in-chief of Asia Media International, the successor to Asia Media at UCLA. Prof. Plate is a full-time clinical professor in the department of Asian and Asian-American Studies at LMU, where he has taught undergraduates since 2011.

APMN’s other site - – is produced by APMN’s Pacific Perspectives Media Center (PPMC), located in Beverly Hills. PPMC highlights major issues regarding Asia-Pacific cooperation and controversy through the published works of major media and academic personalities. It also syndicates Tom Plate’s column on Asia and America, as well as, from time to time, other expert guest commentators.


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