George A Fowler lived and traveled widely in the Asia Pacific region for over thirty years, first as a Marine, then as a student of Chinese and Malay, and finally for twenty-three years as a commercial banker. He co-authored Pertamina: Indonesian National Oil and Java, A Garden Continuum while living in Indonesia in the early 1970s. George received a BA from St Michael’s College, the University of Toronto, in 1975, and a Master of Arts in International Studies (China Studies) from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in 2002.
He has translated Marah Rusli’s classic Indonesian Malay novel Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized (Lontar, 2011), Old Town by Chinese writer Lin Zhe (Amazon Crossing, 2011), The Golden Road and Life Under Mao Zedong’s Rule by Hong Kong writer Zhang Da-Peng (CreateSpace, 2012 and 2013, respectively), The Rose of Cikembang, a popular novel of the late 1920s Netherlands East Indies by the Indonesian writer Kwee Tek Hoay (Lontar, 2013) and Ceremony by famed Dayak poet and novelist Korrie Layun Rampan (Lontar, 2014).
George and his wife, Scholastica Auyong, currently live near Seattle, where he is a full-time freelance translator of Chinese, Indonesian, Malay, and Tagalog, and is finally learning Vietnamese.