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It’s been a busy year so far for visitors from Australia. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports travelers from Australia are up by nearly a third compared to a year ago. But any Australians visiting the islands this weekend may have done some early voting. Otherwise, they’ll be missing an election at home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As the Group of Twenty nations gather in Russia today, much of the media’s focus will be on Syria. But the host country is a growing part of the Asia Pacific. And that’s been underlined by a number of developments quietly taking place over the summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / j.anniewang

We’re still a couple of weeks away from the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. That’s a Chinese holiday that’s also celebrated by many people here in Hawaii. And one of the stars of the festival is the moon cake…which is now an unlikely target of official attention in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ed Jones / Getty Images
Ed Jones / Getty Images

Earlier this year, the Honolulu zoo introduced three lion cubs to the islands. While local residents here can see lions of various sizes…at one zoo in China, that’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

68 years ago today Japan gave its unconditional surrender…bringing the second world war to a close. Today, the Pacific is peaceful…but regional tensions remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / LifeSupercharger

While you can still get Kahuku shrimp fresh off some food trucks on Oahu’s north shore, most shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported. A lot of that shrimp comes from Asia---and some of it is a topic of a trade dispute. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / weirdchina

Much of this week’s weather across the islands is expected to be seasonal. For Hawaii, that means lots of sun with trade winds. But across much of east Asia this summer, this summer is bringing record heat. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / citizen404

Despite progress with renewable energy, Hawaii still depends on imported oil. So does the United States. In fact, the U.S. imports more oil than anyone else in the world. But that ranking may soon belong to an Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / adams.co.tt

It may be “Aloha Friday” in Hawaii, but today is “National Day” in Singapore. It’s the 48th anniversary of the founding of the nation…and one of southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dragon00knight

According to census figures, more than 80% of households in Hawaii have at least one computer. You might use a desktop or a laptop—a tablet or a smartphone. But some Asian technology companies are planning computers for the next level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Sonya >> 搜你丫

State health workers in Hawaii have been monitoring developments in cases of bird flu. So far that has not been an issue in the islands, but in China a new strain of bird flu has taken another twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / jpellgen

North Korea remains one of the mysteries of the modern world. While security officials track the country’s nuclear ambitions, there are surprises on a less dramatic level: including cell phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Chicken Fight in China

Aug 5, 2013
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Flickr / naokomc

You may not have realized this, but the United States and China have been battling for years over chicken. It’s a trade dispute that turned a corner late last week. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / artist in doing nothing

While the debate about genetically modified organisms in crops continues in Hawaii, there’s a new development in Asia. Three export destinations for US wheat have all resumed shipments after an incident involving GMO’s and wheat in Oregon. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / weirdchina
Flickr / weirdchina

The weather around the state has largely cleared since Tropical Storm Flossie blew through earlier in the week. In China, a different kind of weather story is dominating the news: a massive heat wave. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Students Broaden Horizons Abroad

Aug 1, 2013
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Students are heading back to school next week, and many are coming back from places as far as Beijing and Morocco. Thanks to the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, nearly 40 public high school students were given scholarships to travel in the Asia-Pacific region. HPR’s Molly Solomon shares some of their stories from abroad.

How much did you pay for your mobile phone? Whatever the total, chances are that you paid less than you would if you lived in Korea. That’s the home of the most expensive phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / visionshare

If you’re planning to go online at some point today, you’ll have a lot of company. The latest figures show more than 80% of Americans use the internet. That’s nearly double the rate in China—but China’s figures are growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Credit Flickr / Ian Wilson
Credit Flickr / Ian Wilson

A government investigation in China involves allegations of sex, cash and bribery. It also involves one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies…and many western executives are watching to see what happens next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

More than 27,000 U.S. and Australian forces are taking part in military training exercises for the next two and a half weeks. Most of the drills are off the coast of Australia—but the Navy says some activities will take place in Hawaii. To the north and west, Russia is currently holding much larger military exercises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / nSeika

More than 60% of people in this country who own cell phones use “smart phones.” That’s according to a survey by the Nielsen Company. But a different kind of survey in South Korea finds that as more people use smart phones, there are some other issues that are also increasing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

China Trade Slows

Jul 11, 2013

Hawaii’s exports to China totaled about $77,000,000 last year. That’s not a lot in terms of global trade, but according to the U.S. China Business Council, it does make the country Hawaii’s third leading export market…following Australia and Japan. As for the broader view of China’s trade picture, it’s been a week of surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The name of the fastest-growing economy in Asia may surprise you. It’s no longer China. The Philippines is Asia’s best-performing economy—and the government says it plans to use that growth to fight poverty. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Dick Thomas Johnson

It’s been a volatile week for the world’s financial markets. That’s especially true in Asia—and in the country that’s the most important to Hawaii’s visitor industry: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / 401(K) 2013

How often do you use a credit card? According to a new study, the average American uses a credit card 78 times a year. That’s near the top of the global rankings—but the biggest users of credit cards live in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama is meeting the president of China today in California. One of the topics on the agenda is North Korea—and there are some new developments to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Carl N San Diego
Flickr / Carl N San Diego

An international group is moving closer to an agreement that would restrict world wide trade in sharks. But one country in Asia is resisting — and it’s not China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand has become the latest country in Asia to cut interest rates. Central banks in the region are concerned about falling exports and a slowing Chinese economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / PhillipC
Flickr / PhillipC

For the first time in nearly thirty years, a New Zealand navy ship will be docking at a U.S. naval facility. The event is scheduled to take place later this week in the Pacific, and marks a continuing evolution in military relations between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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