Young Filipino Athletes Visit US for Basketball Diplomacy Program

by Alex Forster
As part of the State Department’s sports diplomacy initiative, 16 young Filipino basketball players and two coaches recently visited the US to participate in a number of team-building and community-building activities. Sports diplomacy is seen as a critical form of engagement with other...

Major League Baseball Opens Season Down Under

by Alex Forster
Sydney, Australia played host to the first games of this year’s Major League Baseball season over the weekend. This was the 7th time in the league’s history that the season opener has been held outside the continental US, and the first time in Australia.

102nd National Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring and US-Japan Friendship

by Alex Forster
In spite of heavy snow in the Washington area earlier in the week, today is the Spring Equinox and the official launch of The 102nd National Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry blossom trees, or “Sakura” in Japanese, were a present from the people of Tokyo, Japan to the people of...

Americans Increasingly Pursuing Medical Tourism in South Korea

by Alex Forster
Korea is relying on its soft-power assets to attract visitors, such as K-Pop stars and locations from popular Korean dramas in tourism videos. But over the past few years, medical tourism has proven to be a huge new draw for foreign visitors.

US Sailors Continue Tradition of Service at Korean Orphanage

by Alex Forster
A group of US Navy service members recently visited an orphanage on Geoje Island, off the southern coast of South Korea. American naval personnel have been regularly visiting the orphanage for over 60 years.