Asia Arts and Culture is a partnership between book developer Kenneth Wapner and entrepreneur-consultant Ron Brent.

Asia Arts and Culture publishes books by Asian authors for Western readers under our imprint Wapner & Brent Books. We also provide a full range of literary services: book development, agenting, consulting, packaging, editing, rewriting, co-writing, and translation. In addition, we arrange publishing rights in European and Asian territories.

Our clients are spiritual teachers, writers, artists, academics and prominent business leaders who understand that the English language book is a prestigious and powerful platform with which to gain recognition here in the US as well as advance their careers in their native countries.

We also represent successful Asian artists, helping them establish themselves here in the US.


Meet The Team


Kenneth Wapner

Kenneth ( works in all areas of book publishing. He is a book developer, editor, collaborator, literary agent, author, book packager, and journalist. He has a broad range of US and international publishing connections and his own imprint, Peekamoose Books. Wapner’s books have been widely reviewed, won awards, and been bestsellers. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages and optioned for film. He specializes in books by leaders in academia, spirituality, science, history, psychology, and business. He has taught literature and writing at the University of Colorado, the University of Alaska, and Bard College. He spent a year in Japan and has traveled extensively in Asia. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

Ron Brent

Ron is an entrepreneur with many years experience working as a Business Development Executive, having served in that capacity for M3 Films, Media Field and Idea Champions. He also founded and served as President of Insight Enterprises, a boutique marketing company. In recent years, Ron co-founded Heroic Leadership, a training program based on the teachings of Asian Warrior Sages. From 1982-1994 he lived in India, where he helped establish the PRASAD Project ( He was the Associate Producer for a documentary film series shot in India, Nepal, Tibet, Turkey, Egypt and Israel. He has taught at Monterey Peninsula College and was an adjunct lecturer at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In the Fall of 2014 he co-produced Asian Art on the Hudson, an exhibition of contemporary Chinese Artists. Ron splits his time between New York City and Woodstock, NY.


Anne Johnson

Anne is a freelance creative director and project consultant currently based out of New York City. Anne holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and specializes in brand development, advertising and editorial projects. She is known for her stylistic sensibility that is both bold and refined. Anne creates impactful visual concepts to address the individual needs of her clients which include NASA, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Oprah and the Museum of Modern Art. Her assignments have ranged from print advertising and television commercials to books, magazines and digital content. Anne has also received awards from the Society of Publication Designers and the Art Directors Club.

Kaiyuan (Bill) Wang

Bill is currently a Rajawali Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center. In 2014-15 Bill acted as a Research Scholar at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He is the CEO of Beijing Heda Investment Co., Ltd.. From 1984 to 1992 he worked as an officer in the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity of P.R.C.. Bill was a senior executive at two energy companies, and their holding companies, for ten years. He holds an M.B.A. from Peking University. Bill has rich experience as an investor in various fields such as electronic innovation, DNA vaccine, database, restaurant brands, green technology and healthcare. He is also an advisor and counselor for several universities and organizations and is a practicing Buddhist. 


Richard Kroehling

Richard is a two-time Emmy Award winning director and producer. Richard is currently adapting and developing renown Swedish playwright Lar Noren's "War" for the cinema. Throughout his career he has produced over fifty hours of programming for television networks. He has functioned as producer, writer, director, shooter and editor as well as creator of two original series television shows and a show-runner. He holds a B.A. in Cinema and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. He is known for his strong visual sensibility and innovative story-telling. Richard directed Einstein with William Hurt for the PBS American Masters Series and the feature World Without End for England's Film Four. Richard also directed and photographed over fifty hours of crime television docu-dramas and created the controversial television series Confession hailed as "visionary and stunning" that tripled Court TV's prime time rating.