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Trade Representatives Mark Two Months of KORUS

by Alex Forster
On May 16th, Ron Kirk, the US Trade Representative, and Bark Tae-ho, the Korean Minister for Trade, led the first KORUS FTA Joint Committee meeting, which oversees the ongoing implementation of the FTA.
Not only is Thailand the oldest treaty ally of the United States in Asia, Bangkok is the first city that Washington, D.C. established a sister city relationship with back in February, 1962. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Governor of Bangkok Sukhumbhand Paribatra commemorated the 50th...

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

by Aaron Siirila
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration of the history, contributions, and culture of Americans from Asia and the Pacific Islands. As we reported earlier, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up 5.6% of the American population – 17.3 million – and...
On April 16th, the Executive Directors of the World Bank selected Dr. Jim Yong Kim, currently serving as president of Dartmouth College, to succeed Robert Zoellick as president of the global development loan agency beginning this July.
More than 46,000 students from Southeast Asia came to the United States for the academic year 2010-2011, comprising 6 percent of all foreign students in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). However, growth has been slow, with only a 10 percent...

Asians in America: Asian Population Fastest Growing in the US, Increases in Nearly Every State

by Grace Ruch
According to a new data recently released by the US Census Bureau, Asians and Asian Americans grew faster than any other race group in America in the last decade. The 2010 Census reported last year that 17.3 million people who identified themselves as Asian or Asian American resided in...

No Hedging in Canberra: The Australia-US Alliance in the “Asian Century”

by Nick Bisley
US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has just completed a lightning visit to Australia for formal discussions with newly installed Foreign Minister Bob Carr. In spite of the political turmoil that brought Carr to office, the Australia-US alliance is in the best shape of its...