The Pacific Century

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The Pacific Century
Written by Alex Gibney
Narrated by Peter Coyote
Music by Robert Boress
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Peter Bull
Alex Gibney
Cinematography Samuel Painter
Distributor Public Broadcasting Service
Original release October 15, 1992 (October 15, 1992)

The Pacific Century was a 1992 PBS Emmy Award winning ten-part documentary series narrated by Peter Coyote about the rise of the Pacific Rim economies. Alex Gibney was the writer for the series, and Frank Gibney, his father, wrote the companion trade book, The Pacific Century: America and Asia in a Changing World. The companion college textbook, Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia, was written and edited by E. Mark Borthwick. The series was a co-production of the Pacific Basin Institute and KCTS-TV in Seattle. Principle funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation.


  1. The Two Coasts of China: Asia and the Challenge of the West
  2. The Meiji Revolution
  3. From the Barrel of a Gun
  4. Writers and Revolutionaries
  5. Reinventing Japan
  6. Inside Japan, Inc.
  7. Big Business and the Ghost of Confucius
  8. The Fight for Democracy
  9. Sentimental Imperialists: America in Asia
  10. The Pacific Century: The Future of the Pacific Basin

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