Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Asia Still Threatened by Natural Disasters

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We’re still about three months away from the end of this year’s hurricane season for Hawaii. Federal officials expect the rest of the season to be relatively quiet. As for the western Pacific, scientists have been studying which areas are most vulnerable to storms and other natural disasters. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Myanmar Eases Censorship, but Doesn’t Eliminate It

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The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar is continuing its gradual political reforms. The most recent developments will ease some censorship of the press. But it’s still a long way from a truly independent media. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asian Rice Prices May Rise Further

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More than half the state of Hawaii remains under drought conditions on this Monday morning. Dry weather on the mainland has already hit prices of corn and soybeans. And while Asia’s rice production remains strong, the price of rice may move higher later this year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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China’s Growing Travel Class

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An island community with a large tourist industry is doing its best to attract more visitors from China. And the effort is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from the government. We’re not talking about Hawaii, but the United Kingdom. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Massive Chinese Resort Development Moves Ahead on Yap

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A Chinese company is one step closer to breaking ground on a multimillion-dollar development in the Micronesian state of Yap. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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