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US Census Reports 17.3 Million Asians in America

by Grace Ruch
When US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 removing decades-long restrictions on admission and citizenship for immigrants from Asia, Asian-Americans made up only 0.5% of the total population. Forty-five years later, the 2010 Census reveals a...

Japanese Prime Minister Thanks US for Support

by Aaron Siirila
In an opinion piece published last Friday in the Washington Post, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan described the steps his administration is taking to address the aftermath of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and the continuing nuclear power plant crisis. In his piece, he also...
For a few weeks in spring, the prominent colors of Washington, D.C., change from red, white, and blue, to a pale pink, as over 3,000 Japanese cherry trees (sakura) bloom along the Tidal Basin near the National Mall. The trees were a gift from the City of Tokyo in 1912 and in the 99 years...

Tōhoku Region Matters for America

by Grace Ruch
The record-breaking March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan caused skyscrapers to sway in Tokyo and tremors across the main island of Honshu, but it was the Tōhoku region, Japan’s northeast, that bore the brunt of nature’s fury. The three Pacific-facing prefectures nearest the...
In contrast with the dwindling number of Japanese exchange students, as covered in part 1 of this series, more Americans studied in Japan in 2009 than ever before; 5,784 contributed to a steady upward trend. The number of US students in Japan has increased 57% over the course of the...
Contacts between the Japanese and US intellectual community have been in decline over the past decade according to a new report entitled “Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Study” released by the Japan Center for International Exchange. A direct consequence has been fewer...

Pakistan to replace Indonesia as country with largest Muslim population by 2030

by Aaron Siirila
The world’s Muslim population is projected to grow at twice the rate of non-Muslims over the next 20 years, increasing by 35% to 2.2 billion people in 2030, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. However, the growth rate for Muslim populations over the next 20 years,...

New students data: China grows by 30%

by Aaron Siirila
International student enrollment in the United States in the 2009-10 academic year increased by a modest 3% from the previous year according to the Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education. The number of students from China increased by an impressive 30% from the...

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