Biography.

Asian Landscape

Secluded House in a Valley Near Mt. Inwangsan, ca. 1742, Jeong Seon (1676-1759). Gansong Museum, Seoul.

PATRICK LAWRENCE is a writer and columnist. He has published five books and is now at work on his sixth. He served as a correspondent abroad for many years and is also an essayist, editor, and critic. Lawrence has taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad and lectures widely. He currently produces two commentaries (weekly and bi-weekly), primarily on foreign affairs and the media.

Lawrence was a correspondent and subsequently a columnist overseas for nearly thirty years, chiefly for the honorable and now defunct Far Eastern Economic Review, the (also honorable, also defunct) International Herald Tribune, and The New Yorker. He covered nearly every country in the region, a number of them extensively over many years. He won an Overseas Press Club Award for his reportage from Korea during the last years of the dictatorships. Lawrence served as News Editor of the Herald Tribune’s Asian edition before returning to the United States, in 2010.

Lawrence wrote as “Patrick L. Smith” until shortening his name some years ago.

Apart from his staff work, Lawrence’s reportage, commentary, essays, criticism, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, TIME, The Washington Quarterly, World Policy Journal, The Globalist, The Nation, Asian Art News,and numerous other publications. He is now the foreign affairs columnist at Salon and a contributing commentator at The Fiscal Times. He makes frequent television and radio appearances.

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Patrick Lawrence Portrait

Patrick Lawrence. Photo by Deanie Perna / Atelier So Free.

J.APAN: A REINTERPRETATION, Lawrence’s second book, won a second O.P.C. Award, for best book on foreign affairs. Reinterpretation also won the Kiriyama Book Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book; it remains in print. Pantheon brought out Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post-Western World in 2010. It is a meditation on Lawrence’s many years’ living and working in the non-West.

Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century, Lawrence’s most recent book, was published by Yale University Press in 2013. It was No. 4 on The Globalist’s list of Top 10 Books and won honorable mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival. A Russian translation is due in late-2015.

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Patrick Lawrence lives in Norfolk, Connecticut, and New York. 

The curriculum vitae.

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