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All this week, HPR’s Bill Dorman has been reporting on a recent trip he made to Korea with the East West Center.  Today, he takes a look at the growing travel and investment ties between Korea and Hawai‘i in today’s Asia Minute.

Korea’s ties with Hawai‘i go back to its first immigrants to the United States.  It was 1903…and the first Koreans to come to America went to work on Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations.  Today they come on airplanes…about 10 to 15-thousand a month.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

In the competition to attract Asian visitors, a volcanic island off the coast of South Korea continues to grow in popularity. Jeju Island is a little bigger than O‘ahu, but hosts millions more visitors each year…and not everyone there is happy about it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Craggy volcanic rock arching over a rugged coastline: a familiar sight in Hawai‘i.

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The World Bank says exports make up nearly 14% of the US economy.  For South Korea, the percentage is more than triple that figure - making the economy dependent on trade.  HPR’s Bill Dorman recently returned from a reporting trip to South Korea with the East West Center and has more on the country’s economic picture in today’s Asia Minute.

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The national legislative session remains stalled by partisanship. The president and lawmakers are trading accusations of playing politics with matters of national importance. And the main opposition party has been split by factional fighting. The description may sound like Washington D.C., but this scenario is playing out in South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

A little more than a week ago, tens of thousands of protestors packed the streets of downtown Seoul - calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign.

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Bill Dorman

This Thursday, while Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving - officials from North and South Korea will meet for the first time since this summer.  HPR’s Bill Dorman recently returned from a ten-day program in South Korea with the East West Center and begins a week of reports with a look at the north/south divide in today’s Asia Minute.

The De-Militarized Zone may be one of the world’s most misleading phrases.

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There’s a real estate sale going on in Australia that involves plots of land roughly the size of the state of Tennessee.  And this week, the federal government announced that Chinese companies interested in buying will not be eligible. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

For a quarter of a billion dollars, you could buy more than 39-thousand square miles of farm and ranchland in Australia.  Unless you happen to be Chinese - or any nationality other than Australian.

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An Nguyen / Flickr

If you’re planning to travel to the Philippines any time soon, you should be aware of a new scam happening at Manila’s international airport.  It involves bullets, bags, and extortion. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s been a lot of publicity about a meeting this weekend between the leaders of Taiwan and mainland China.  That meeting takes place in Singapore on Saturday.  But there’s been a bit less publicity about another stop the China’s leader is making before that.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The return of the trade winds should help dissipate the recent vog lingering over some of the islands. When it comes to air pollution and Asia - most people immediately think of Beijing and other major cities in China.  That’s understandable, but the worst air in the world is actually elsewhere in Asia—and it’s raising a new level of concern.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Asia Pacific is the world’s largest region for beer consumption.  That’s according to Japan’s Kirin Brewery.  And while Japanese beers are famous in much of the world, another Asian country is pushing ahead with exports. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

A couple of months ago, South Korea’s exports saw their sharpest fall in six years - tumbling by nearly 15% from a year earlier.

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