Books by Asia Business Council members and staff.

What’s in a Name: Family, career and the heart of Malaysia

Nazir Razak
November 18, 2021

What’s in a Name takes readers to the often troubled heart of Malaysian politics and business over the last fifty years. Nazir Razak built CIMB Group into one of the most successful banks in ASEAN. In a career spanning three decades, he has been at the center of the action. And when he was not,


Weijian Shan
July 16, 2021

ゴビ砂漠の農業労働者からウォートン校のプロフェッサーとなり、アジア有数の投資会社の会長兼CEOとなった著者が見た文化大革命下の中国、冷戦終結前後のアメリカの姿とは。現在、アジア有数の投資会社PAGの会長兼CEOを務めるウェイジャン・シャンが金融界に転身するまでの回想録。文化大革命下の中国で「知識青年」として下放された先のゴビ砂漠での過酷な日々、砂漠を農地に変えることを使命とした「生産建設兵団」の実態、同兵団の戦友との交流をユーモアあふれる筆致で生き生きと描く。隊員間の「選挙」で大学進学を許され、さらにチャンスをつかんでアメリカに渡ったシャンにとって、アメリカの文化や生活は新鮮な驚きの連続だった。 本書をこれほど興味深いものにしているのは、シャンの個人的な経歴だけではありません。本書は、中国とアメリカの物語がまたとない一瞬に融け合い、個性的で意欲的な、両国の真の精神を代表する人物をいかに作り出したのかを示しています」(ジャネット・イエレン米財務長官)


Weijian Shan
June 1, 2021


Money Games: The Inside Story of How American Dealmakers Saved Korea’s Most Iconic Bank

Weijian Shan
October 13, 2020

Money Games is a riveting tale of one of the most successful buyout deals ever: the acquisition and turnaround of what used to be Korea’s largest bank by the American firm Newbridge Capital. Full of intrigue and suspense, this insider’s account is told by the chief architect of the deal itself, the celebrated author and

Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America

By Weijian Shan
Jan 3, 2019

Foreword by Janet Yellen. Weijian Shan’s Out of the Gobi is a powerful memoir and commentary that will be one of the most important books on China of our time, one with the potential to re-shape how Americans view China, and how the Chinese view life in America. Shan, a former hard laborer who is

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

By Ruth A. Shapiro, Manisha Mirchandani and Heesu Jang
Jan 10, 2018

This cutting edge text considers how Asian philanthropists and charitable organizations break with Western philanthropic traditions and examines the key traits and trends that make social investment in Asia unique. Based on 30 case studies of excellent social delivery organizations (SDOs) and social enterprises as well as interviews with ultra-high net-worth individuals throughout Asia, this

The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency

By Mark L. Clifford
April 7, 2015

One of Asia’s best-respected writers on business and economy, Hong Kong-based author Mark L. Clifford provides a behind-the-scenes look at what companies in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand are doing to build businesses that will lessen the environmental impact of Asia’s extraordinary economic growth. Dirty air, foul water,

The Real Problem Solvers: Social Entrepreneurs in America

By Ruth A. Shapiro, Manisha Mirchandani and Heesu Jang
Nov 28, 2012

Today, “social entrepreneurship” describes a host of new initiatives, and often refers to approaches that are breaking from traditional philanthropic and charitable organizational behavior. Nowhere is this more true than in the United States—where, from 1995–2005, the number of non-profit organizations registered with the IRS grew by 53%. But, what types of change have these

Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation

By Mark L. Clifford and Janet Pau
October 7, 2011

What will Asia look like ten years from now? Find out by taking a look through the eyes of the Asia’s next generation of leaders Following economic booms in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan—the four Asian Tigers—attention has shifted to success stories in other Asian economies. However, a number of challenges have also

Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future

By Hong Wen, Mark Clifford, Steller Chiang Madelaine and Ruth A. Shapiro
October 27, 2007

Asia has an enormous, largely untapped, opportunity to save money and cut growth in greenhouse gas emissions by taking measures to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Energy efficiency is one of the quickest, cheapest, cleanest ways to address energy and environmental challenges. In China, gaining a megawatt of electricity by building more generating capacity costs