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Does Asia Really Matter for Americans?: Poll Results from the American Public and Elite Perspectives
The East-West Center has produced an illuminating poll report and 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. In this webinar, Dr. Satu Limaye will present the findings of this report, and panelists will discuss the results of this poll and compare them to their own research. Dr. Richard Wike will provide comments on America’s global image and how the report’s findings compare with global views of the United States, and Dr. James Kim will provide insight into regional attitudes and interest towards American perspectives on Asia and the Indo-Pacific.


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Dr. Richard Wike
Director of Global Attitudes Research @Pew Research Center
Dr. Richard Wike is director of global attitudes research at Pew Research Center. He conducts research and writes about international public opinion on a variety of topics, such as America’s global image, the rise of China, democracy, and globalization. He is an author of numerous Pew Research Center reports and has written pieces for The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, the Guardian, Politico, Foreign Policy, CNN, BBC, CNBC, and other online and print publications. Wike has been interviewed by American news organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and NPR, as well as numerous non-U.S. news organizations, including The Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, BBC, Deutsche Welle, France 24 and Al Jazeera. Wike gives talks and presentations to a variety of audiences, including government, think tanks, business groups, and academic conferences. Wike received a doctorate in political science from Emory University.
Ching-Fang "Ann" Hsieh
Deputy Editor-in-Chief @The Storm Media
Ching-Fang "Ann" Hsieh is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at The Storm Media, one of the leading digital news organizations in Taiwan. She has worked for The Storm since July 2020 and is responsible for in-depth reports focusing on economic issues, climate change and sustainability. Previously, Ching-Fang worked for the China Times (Taiwan) for more than 25 years, where she served as Deputy Editor-in Chief and Director of the economic news desk. She earned a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Fu Jen Catholic University and was a 2008 East-West Center Jefferson Fellow.
Dr. James Kim
Research Fellow @Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Dr. J. James Kim is the director of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and research fellow of the Center for American Politics and Policy at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul). He is also a lecturer in the Executive Master of Public Administration program at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Kim was an assistant professor of political science at the California State Polytechnic University (Pomona). He also served as a summer research associate at the RAND Corporation and as a statistical consultant for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Planning at the School of International and Public Affairs in Columbia University. His primary research interests include political economy, energy, security, public opinion, democracy, methodology, and media. Dr. Kim received a B.S. and M.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Dr. Satu Limaye
VP & Director of Research & Washington Office @East-West Center
Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the Research Program & East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. He publishes and speaks widely on Indo-Pacific regional issues and supports various U.S. government, foundation, fellowship, and professional organizations. Among his current affiliations are Center for New American Security (CNAS) Task Force on the U.S.-Philippines Alliance, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Senior Study Group on the North Pacific, Project 2049 Study Group on the U.S.-Australia Alliance, Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Advisory Council, and more.