East-West Center Launches Two New Asia Matters for America Publications at the EWC International Media Conference

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HONOLULU (June 30, 2022) The East-West Center launched the Asia Matters for America Public & Elite Opinion Poll Report and the fourth edition of the Asia Matters for America/America Matters for Asia publication on June 30 in Honolulu, Hawai’i at the East-West Center International Media Conference.

Senior Correspondents in the US-Indo-Pacific panel at the 2022 IMCThe publications were launched simultaneously on the last day of the conference, which was focused on restoring trust and building US-Indo-Pacific connections in diplomacy and international relations. Dr. Satu Limaye, Vice President of the East-West Center and Director of the East-West Center in Washington presented the findings, followed by a plenary discussion with senior regional journalists on America’s importance in the Indo-Pacific. Panelists included:

  • Robert Delaney, North America Bureau Chief, South China Morning Post (Washington DC, USA)
  • Nirmal Ghosh, US Bureau Chief, The Straits Times (Washington DC, USA)
  • Ann Hsieh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Storm Media (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • ​Jungmin Lee, Washington DC Correspondent, Korean Broadcasting System (Washington DC, USA)
  • Khuldune Shahid, Pakistan Correspondent, The Diplomat (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Senior Editor, The Wire (New Delhi, India)

The Asia Matters for America Public & Elite Opinion Poll Report highlights findings from a recent survey commissioned by the East-West Center and conducted by National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The initiative is an illuminating analysis comparing US public and elite opinion at the state and local levels regarding America’s interactions with the Indo-Pacific region. Questions addressed in this survey include issues pertaining to economy, security, politics, people-to-people connections as well as to what extent Americans believe Asia matters to the United States.

EWC VP Satu Limaye at the 2022 International Media ConferenceDr. Satu Limaye, Vice President of the East-West Center and Director of the East-West Center in Washington explains, “The Indo-Pacific strategy of the United States specifically states that ‘[t]he prosperity of everyday Americans is linked to the Indo-Pacific’ and that United States’ ‘strategic ambitions derive from the belief that no region will be of more consequence to the world and to everyday Americans than the Indo-Pacific.’ The East-West Center’s Asia Matters for America Public & Elite Opinion Poll Report and the  Fourth Edition of the Asia Matters for America/America Matters for Asia help illuminate and track America’s stake in the Indo-Pacific. I am so pleased to be able to release these reports for media, public education, and engagement at the national, state, and local levels.”

This project is part of the East-West Center’s flagship Asia Matters for America initiative, which maps the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections between the United States and the Indo-Pacific at the national, state, and local levels. Alongside the public opinion poll, the East-West Center also launched the fourth edition of the Asia Matters for America/Asia Matters for America publication, which uses data visualizations to map these connections. The publications can be found on the Asia Matters for America website.

“Now more than ever, it is important to recognize and understand all aspects of the relationship the United States has with Asian nations, especially as we celebrate the Asian diaspora and the many Asian Americans who lead our beloved communities. From Congressional offices in Washington DC to our friends and diplomats across Asia, the Asia Matters series has become an essential tool around the world.” said Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum, President of the East-West Center.