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Flickr / Thómas Tan

Street demonstrations are continuing in Hong Kong, with tens of thousands of people in the streets. While the protests continue, their size and scale have not been seen in the city for several decades. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the United States this week. It’s his first visit since winning election as India’s political leader in May. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Narendra Modi’s trip to the United States has some unusual elements for a political visit. Yesterday, he spoke to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, using a rotating stage and a live video hookup in Times Square--with English subtitles. He’s in Washington today, where he’ll have a lunch meeting with Vice President Biden and a working dinner with President Obama.

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Flickr / The Diary of a Hotel Addict

The latest figures from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority show that visitor spending and arrivals are both up slightly from a year ago. But when it comes to the Asia Pacific tourism market, Hawai‘i faces increasing competition. And some of it is coming from an unexpected place. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta has never really been a tourist hub.

ISRO
ISRO

India has broken through to a new level in its space program. This week, the country successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It took almost a year for the Indian satellite to reach orbit around Mars. Only the Americans, the Russians and the Europeans have previously reached the red planet. In fact, earlier this week, the latest U.S. satellite, called “Maven,” also made it into a Mars orbit.

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Flickr / ultrakml

If you’re starting your morning with a cup of coffee, you have a lot of company in South Korea. In fact, according to a new report, residents there are drinking so much coffee it’s become more popular than rice. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / southbendvoice

Fall classes have been underway at the University of Hawai‘i for nearly a month. But in Hong Kong, thousands of students are boycotting classes. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains why in today’s Asia Minute.

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NASA

A tropical storm moving north in Asia is leaving a trail of destruction. Tropical Storm Fung-Wong has already killed more than a dozen people…and forced thousands more from their homes. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.katu.com

  Depending on where you live in the islands, local threats of nature can range from lava flows to tropical storms. Another force of nature to be considered: a tsunami. And that’s a focus this week for two dozen countries in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Farmers and residents in parts of Hawai‘i Island are still calculating the costs of Tropical Storm Iselle. Natural disasters are part of life in many parts of the world. And in parts of Asia, critics say they should be factored into poverty rates. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / David_Lazar

Each year, Gallup produces a survey that ranks states in terms of the happiness of their residents. Hawai‘i dropped from the top spot in the most recent one, in part because of the high cost of living. When it comes to countries, progress is often measured by growth in the gross domestic product. But in parts of Asia, that’s beginning to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr Commons

  Travelers coming to Hawai‘i from the Asia Pacific have a growing list of airports where they can start their journeys. In fact, according to a recent study, over the next ten years several hundred new airports will be built in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Nearly two dozen countries are taking part in the semi-annual Rim of the Pacific military exercises around Hawaii over the next month. And this year, for the first time those participants include China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  Parts of the Hawaiian Islands have had some unseasonable rains this spring. That sort of weather might be welcome in the northeastern part of the Asia Pacific. In recent days, that region has been baking under unusual heat. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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Wikipedia Commons

  The Pentagon spending bill that President Obama signed at the end of last year includes nearly half a billion dollars for improvements and upgrades to bases in Hawaii. When it comes to broader military spending in the Asia Pacific, figures are rising across the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

  A debate about geography in East Asia has stretched all the way to the state of Virginia. The focus is now on school textbook, and what to call a certain body of water. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

 

Some fishing rules have changed a bit across the islands with the start of the New Year. For example,  on Oahu, fishing is allowed this year off Diamond Head…on the Ewa Side of the Waikiki Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse. Off the west coast of the Big Island, scuba divers can no longer spear fish. Further from Hawaii, other rule changes have been proposed and are causing some controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Photopedia

 

Economies across Asia had an uneven year in 2013. Overall, regional growth was a bit slower than many had expected at the start of the year. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at prospects for economic growth in Asia in the New Year in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia Markets: 2013

Jan 2, 2014
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Wikipedia

 

  For international investors, 2013 was a year of some market surprises across Asia. The strongest regional stock market was in Japan, while the weakest was in China. Other markets turned in a mixed performance. HPR’s Bill Dorman reviews the results in today’s Asia Minute.

Christmas Across Asia

Dec 26, 2013
Danny Choo
Danny Choo

  

  Christmas Day is not the biggest holiday of the year across most of Asia---New Year’s surpasses it in most locations. But the holiday is celebrated with various celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / World Bank Photo Collection

Lawmakers in Washington remain locked in a fight over the federal budget and raising the debt ceiling. In South Korea, budget issues of a different kind are sparking controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Ed Coyle Photography

Hawaii has the second highest concentration of millionaires in the country. Research from Phoenix Marketing International shows a little more than 7% of residents here are millionaires. Only Maryland has a higher percentage of wealth. But when it comes to millionaires on the international scene, some changes are coming. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Loic.Hofstedt

There’s confusion today about what exactly is happening with China’s economy. It’s an important question—because the answer will help determine the economic health of Asia. It will also have implications here in the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

AP Photo/A.M. Ahad
AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

If you’re like most Americans, chances are good that some article of clothing you own was made in Bangladesh. Only China produces more clothing for export. And workers in the industry say it’s time for a raise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Bookworms

Sep 23, 2013
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Flickr / sm0k1nggnu

You may have spent some time over the weekend reading a book…either in print or maybe in electronic form. The Association of American Publishers says more than 20% of the books sold in the U.S. are now e-books. Sales of e-books are growing in Asia too, but with some unusual developments. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Korea’s Coffee Fix

Sep 19, 2013
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Flickr / puuikibeach

One of Hawaii’s top crops may be developing a new fan base. Coffee consumption has been growing in many parts of the world—in locations as diverse as India and the United Arab Emirates. But perhaps the most surprising figures are out this week from South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / CCS Insight

Who made the phone that you carry around all day? If you’re one of the growing number of Americans who use a smart phone…chances are that at least part of the technology has something to do with Apple or Samsung. While these two technology giants battle it out around the world…events are moving especially fast in one part of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / ToGa Wanderings

The Chinese government is making policy changes to improve the country’s air quality. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Lukman Anugerah Mirda

A dozen years ago, Miss Hawaii took part in the Miss World Pageant. This year, Miss World USA is from California—but all of the contestants are facing some unusual challenges this month in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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AFP

Much of Japan is still celebrating Tokyo’s naming as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. But further north, another Japanese city is in the news—for a very different reason. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Frühtau

As the new work week begins, there are signs of slightly easing tensions between North and South Korea. The two countries have restored the military hotline that was disconnected in March. And a couple of events taking place this week may show some further progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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