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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...
Exactly 100 years ago on March 27, 1912 in a small private ceremony, First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Japanese Cherry Blossom, or Sakura, trees, in a secluded corner of Washington, DC. Despite its lack of fanfare public fanfare,...
The US State Department announced that Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell will travel to Australia March 20-23, 2012 as part of our ongoing consultations between the two allies.
Over 1.1 million South Korean tourists and travelers—a record number—came to the United States in 2010, injecting more than $3.4 billion into the US economy, an increase in revenue of 30 per cent over the previous year.
The past ten years have seen ever increasing bilateral goods trade between the United States and South Korea. Both developed economies have successfully increased their bilateral merchandise exports while simultaneously decreasing their balance of trade.
Entering its 25th year, the JET Program aims to improve international interaction and cultural understanding within Japanese communities, as well as advance foreign language education in Japanese schools and municipal governments. The majority of JET participants have consistently been...

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