These are just some of the many Distinguished Alumni of International House. To include others who should also be recognized, please send your recommendations for additions to Bethann Johnson and include any available information about their achievements.
U.N. Deputy Director for Political Affairs
Mountaineer and Author
W. Michael Blumenthal
Secretary of the Treasury
J. Dennis Bonney
Governor of California
Choong Kun Cho
President of Korean Airlines
Mayor of Seoul, Korea
Professor and Researcher
John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Ambassador to India
Founder of Goldman Environmental Prize
Member of Parliament, U.K.
Minister of Labor in Korea
Crown Prince of Norway
California Supreme Court Justice
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
Ambassador to the U.S. from Kenya
Ambassador to the U.S. from Bolivia
Federal Reserve Board member
James C.Y. Soong
Governor of Taiwan, Province of China
Canadian Ambassador to Iran
Julianne Cartwright Traylor
Chair of Amnesty International USA
Dietrich von Bothmer
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson,
Governor of California
Profile of a Distinguished Alumnus
Dick Wilson, Asia Scholar and I-House resident 1952-1953
|"The I-House year was a high point in our early lives when we did not have to learn internationalism because we lived it every day," says Asia scholar, Dick Wilson.
"The I-House year was a high point in our early lives when we did not have to learn internationalism because we lived it every day," says Asia scholar, Dick Wilson. "If only the world could be run like I-House!"
When Dick Wilson left Berkeley in 1953, he traveled through Asia for a year on his way home to England, visiting I-House friends along the way, including Ted Shingu and Akiko Mori, Francois Junod and Alauddin Aljouburi, Lim Chit Soo and Brian Sutton-Smith. Although he had studied law at Cal, that trip coupled with his I-House experiences led him to become a journalist and author specializing in the politics, economics and thought of Asian countries.
Wilson worked for the Financial Times in London for four years and then went to Hong Kong, where he was editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review for six years. His balanced coverage of the Asian scene led the Philippines to confer on him its prestigious Magsaysay Award. He served as editorial advisor for the Straits Times in Singapore for three years, helping establish and operate the newspaper.
In the mid-1960s Wilson returned to London to write about Asia. Of his 20 published books, more than half are about China, including books on Chinese politics, economics, history, and biographies of Mao and Zhou. His last book on the country was China, The Big Tiger (1996). A reviewer said of it: "On almost every page the reader benefits from the author's more than 40 years of experience, wisdom, and cultural sensitivity."
Wilson also authored books about Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Asian Development Bank. He writes a monthly column for Hong Kong Business and edited The China Quarterly for five years. He recently finished They Changed India , a book about Indian thinkers and reformers of the last 200 years, including Gandhi and Nehru.