John N. Hawkins is a consultant for the East-West Center's International Forum for Education 2020, which currently includes the Education Leadership Institute and Senior Seminars. He is Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for International and Development Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hawkins is a specialist on higher education reform in the U.S. and Asia and the author of several books and research articles on education and development in Asia. He was the Dean of International Studies at UCLA for thirteen years and has served as a Director of the UCLA Foundation Board and as Director of the East-West Center Foundation Board. He has served as President of the Comparative International Education Society and Editor of the Comparative Education Review.

Dr. Hawkins' latest publications include Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation, and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (Hong Kong, 2007) and Policy Debates in Comparative, International and Development Education (New York, 2011). He has published several books and articles on educational change in China. Dr. Hawkins has conducted research throughout Asia since 1966 when he first visited the People's Republic of China and Japan.

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

My First Trip


Witnessing the Cultural Revolution at its Dawn

John Hawkins
To this day, I am not sure why the Chinese government approved my request to visit the PRC in the summer of 1966.On a hot and humid early August Sunday, a fellow student from the University of Hawaii and I walked across the border in Hong Kong at Lo...