An expert on the political economy of East and Southeast Asia, Terry used her Abe fellowship to research and write a book on the intellectual history of the East Asian development model, How Asia Got Rich (M.E. Sharpe, 2003). She has followed developments in East Asia as a journalist, academic, and business person for more than 30 years. Based in Hong Kong since 2000, her consulting work has taken her deeply into issues of sustainability, climate change, urbanization, bioethics, and innovation in the East Asian setting. As an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, she has taught courses in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia (Korea and Japan) to its MBA students since 2013.
A guide and introduction to the new policy and economic environment in Asia at the end of the Cold War, the book will take as its central theme Japan's struggle to redefine its relationship with Asia a half-century after the disastrous episode of the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The author will use personal interviews, case examples and other primary sources to answer questions such as, how does Japan exert leadership and influence in Asia; have economic investments translated into political influence; how do other Asians view Japan and Japanese influence; and how do Japanese attitudes towards other Asians influence diplomatic ties.