Senior Minister Of Singapore To Be Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Lee Kuan Yew, the Senior Minister of Singapore, will be among several diplomats, government leaders, and journalists who will convene in Claremont and Los Angeles for a major conference to explore "The Media in East Asia: Press and Politics in Economic Crisis" from Wednesday, October 28 through Friday October 30, 1998.

Conference participants include:

* Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister of Singapore
* Taizo Watanabe, Japanese ambassador and government spokesman
* Charles Kartman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
* Surin Pitsuwan, Foreign Minister of Thailand
* Phisit Pakkasem, former secretary general of Thailand's National Economic and Social Development Board
* Michael Parks, editor, Los Angeles Times
* Tom Plate, columnist, Los Angeles Times and director of UCLA's Asia Pacific Media Network
* Toshiaki Ogasawara, chairman and publisher, Japan Times
* Cheong Yip Seng, editor, Straits Times
* Jeffrey Bartholet, Newsweek
* Yuezhi Zhao, author of Media, Markets & Democracy in China
* Goenawan Mohamad, editor, Tempo
* Murray Fromson, USC School of Journalism

The conference is sponsored by Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, The Pacific Basin Institute, UCLA's Asia Pacific Media Network, and The Japan Times.

The media is invited to all events. A complete conference schedule and interviews with conference participants may be arranged by calling (909) 482-0820.

Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college, educating leaders in business and public affairs. CMC enrolls over 1,000 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges.