Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

In Air Australia Collapse, Two Cities Lose Direct Flights to Hawaii

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Several hundred visitors to Hawaii had an unexpected change in travel plans last week when an Australian budget airline suddenly collapsed. But what happened to Air Australia---and what does that mean for Hawaii’s visitor market? HPR’s Bill Dorman has some answers in today’s Asia Minute.

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China to Welcome More U.S. Films

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The Academy Awards will be presented this coming weekend in Hollywood. And as The Descendants and other films compete for Oscars, there’s word they should soon have some wider exposure---in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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China Visa Shift Should Help Hawaii Tourism

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Hawaii’s biggest-spending visitors will be getting some help from the U.S. government next week. U.S. embassy officials in China are starting a program aimed at streamlining the visa process for tourists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asian Millionaires Help Global Art Market

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Global art auction sales set a new record last year --- $11.5 billion. And for the second year in a row, China led the way. But a number of other Asian markets showed dramatic growth, along with an increasing number of millionaires. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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South Korea’s English Challenge

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One of Hawaii’s fastest-growing tourist markets is going through a national debate. What’s the best way to learn English? That’s a question the government of South Korea is trying to answer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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