Panel discussion: Asia and its new super tiger
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Institute for International Business and
Global Executive Forum
Center for International Business Education & Research
Three experts on China and Southeast Asia joined in a discussion for the purpose of generating greater
understanding and insights into conditions that impact the Asian economies as well as world markets.
The panel included: Dick Drobnick, University of Southern California; Chen Ji, College of Business,
University of Colorado at Denver; and James Rooney, J.P. Rooney & Associates Ltd., Bangkok, who
earlier offered his perspective on the status of economic recovery in Southeast Asia.
Richard Drobnick is the vice provost for International Affairs at the University of Southern California;
executive director of the International Business Education and Research program, and research
professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business. Dr. Drobnick is the
founding director of USC's Center for International Business Education and Research. Drobnick is a vice
chair and a director of the U.S. National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council; a
member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Economic
Development Corp.; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on
International Policy; a director of the Japan-America Society of Southern California, a member of the
Advisory Council of the Southern California Center of the Asia Society, and secretary of the Association
of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
Chen Ji is an instructor of finance at the College of Business CU Denver. His area of expertise is China's
banking and financial systems. He has authored numerous articles on the subject, together with Prof.
Steve Thomas, most recently: "Reforming China's Financial Markets" for the publication Current History.
He and Thomas participated in an invitation-only conf