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United States Hosts 46,000 Students from ASEAN, Bringing $1.3 Billion to Economy

In Asia on May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This post appeared on AseanMattersforAmerica and was co-authored with Damien Tomkins.

Twenty-eight students from Vietnam receive MBAs from Griggs University in Silver Spring, Maryland. Photo by Rajmund Dabrowski/ANN via Flickr (Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0).

More than 46,000 students from Southeast Asia came to the United States for the academic year 2010-2011, comprising 6 percent of all foreign students in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). However, growth has been slow, with only a 10 percent increase over the last decade in the number of ASEAN students in the United States. Many countries, in fact, have experienced significant decreases in the number of students they send to the US, but the exponential growth from Vietnam has buoyed the overall total. Foreign students from ASEAN and their dependents contributed about $1.3 billion to the US economy last year, an average of about $28,000 per student, based on Asia Matters for America estimates of data from the National Association of International Educators.

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For first time, Asia matches US high-tech investment expenditure

In Asia on February 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

This originally appeared on Asia Matters for America.

US has lost over one quarter of high-tech manufacturing jobs in past decade.

Ten countries in Asia together invested $399 billion in S&T research and development, as much as the United States, in 2009. Image Source: National Science Board

For the first time in history, the Asian region in 2009 spent as much on research and development in science and technology (S&T) fields as the United States, the traditional leader in high technology investment. The spending has cost American jobs because multinational companies, many of them US-based, locate more of their knowledge-intensive, research and development jobs in Asia, according to a new report by the US National Science Board. During the last decade, the United States has lost nearly three in ten high-tech manufacturing jobs.

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"How Somali Pirates Could Take Obama Hostage"

In Asia on May 18, 2009 at 10:23 am

As far as titles go, this one is pretty good. The notion of the president of the United States taken hostage by thugs on the open seas is too good to resist — how could you not want to read the article from the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)? It reminds me of the many events we hold here at the Center: we try to come up with provocative or unusual titles for what are often quite dry topics. Not necessarily boring, mind you…and sometimes very interesting. But they are often quite humorless. So I appreciate a good title when I see one.

Of course, the article is referring to how pirates can hostage Obama’s presidential agenda, not the person himself:

The notion that an American president cannot permit hostages or POWs to remain in captivity without suffering a significant political penalty is exceptionally dangerous—gravely injuring two presidencies in succession. … Otherwise, when a Somali pirate detains an American sailor and holds him captive in Mogadishu, Obama may find that his administration is also being held hostage.

Still, that title is pretty arresting.

U.S.-Asia facts

In Asia on May 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Did you know:
•    93% of Arkansas’s international students come from Asia
•    Mississippi’s “Asian alone” population grew 87% during 2004-07, fastest in the nation
•    Louisiana has exports to Asia of $2,547 per capita, fourth in the country

These are from the new brochure for Asia Matters for America. The brochure is coming soon, but the website is available now.

Balance of trade

In Asia, Infographics on December 24, 2008 at 11:24 am

And now a sneak peak into a project I’m working on right now. This is my first attempt at showing balance of trade between the United States and Asia.

US-Asia balance of trade

US-Asia balance of trade (click to enlarge)

I like the concept but I think it still needs some work. The data I have is only from one month but I’d prefer to have an entire year. I also want to be able to show some change over time. I could obviously have two stacked charts, but I’m thinking of other ways to show the change.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

U.S. Exports to Asia

In Asia, Infographics on December 10, 2008 at 2:24 pm

This is an annotated map I produced for the Asia Matters for America website:

The lines in the map above represent U.S. merchandise exports to Asia, by U.S. state and Asian country in 2007. The thinnest lines represent exports of greater than U.S.$2.5 billion; mid-thickness lines, greater than $5 billion; thickest lines, greater than $10 billion.

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Election maps

In Infographics on November 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I’m writing this one day after what many Americans consider the most historic election in U.S. history. Elections provide an endless amount of data, and this was no exception. Particularly evident was the use of images to process data and extract trends.

For example, the following combination of graphics from CNN.com shows the difference between the electoral votes in 2004 and 2008 (click for full size):

Election map comparison: 2004 and 2008

Election map comparison: 2004 and 2008

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