U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Kurt Tong

My Hidden Talent Is That I Can Build Stuff

Kurt Tong was appointed U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau in June after serving as a diplomat for the State Department since 1990. His most recent previous assignment was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State. Before joining a Smithsonian/Zócalo “What It Means to Be American” panel entitled “What Role Will Hawaii Play in the Pacific Century?” he talked in the Zócalo green room about time travel, working at a racetrack, and why he feels guilty about watching …

Hawaii’s Pacific Centuries

For America's Pacific Outpost, Asian Influence Is Nothing New

Long before Hawaii was a U.S. state, it was a Pacific nation.

Though the U.S. has only recently embraced a shift from emphasizing its relationships across the Atlantic to those …