Southeast Asia

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Plastic pollution is a growing problem both in the waters of our islands and around the world. This week, the United Nations has focused in on one area that is among the worst polluters: Southeast Asia.

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There has been news this week about the continuing trade talks between the United States and China. Meetings in Beijing were extended for several days, and further details are likely to emerge in coming days. Meanwhile, it’s been a busy week for a different kind of trade development elsewhere in Asia.

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The Long View w/ Neal Milner; World Bank; State Archives; First We Surf, Then We Eat

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When trade winds slow, it’s a time for air conditioning for many people in the islands.  While demand for air conditioning rises along with temperatures, that demand is growing around the world — including in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The way people get around in Southeast Asia is about to change. Not for everyone, but for those who have become used to using an app to get a ride. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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State tourism officials expect 2018 to be another record year for visitors to Hawai‘i. And while there’s a growing global market for travel and hospitality, parts of Southeast Asia are going in another direction: restricting tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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News about wildlife frequently involves endangered species. In Hawai‘i, there’s also a lot of attention to invasive species. It’s a lot less common to talk about NEW species—but that’s the focus of news from Asia this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Trump remains on what the White House calls a “working vacation” this week, but members of his cabinet are on the job full time. That includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is wrapping up a short trip to Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Another Asian-based airline is stretching its wings to Hawai‘i. This one is a budget carrier, based in Singapore—and it joins a growing crowd. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A multi-billion dollar rail project has just taken a big step toward completion. But this train is not in Hawai‘i, it’s thousands of miles across the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A humanitarian crisis is building in the waters of Southeast Asia. The United Nations refugee agency estimates at least two thousand refugees are stranded off the coast of Myanmar, as others continue to make their way ashore in neighboring countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.