Curtis Chin

Curtis Chin

Curtis S. Chin served as US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and as a member of the US Treasury Department international affairs teams under Republican and Democratic administrations. He now serves as managing director of advisory firm RiverPeak Group, LLC, assisting a range of start-up ventures, and as the inaugural Asia Fellow of the Milken Institute, a non-partisan, nonprofit economic think tank. While on the ADB board, Curtis was a leading advocate for institutional reform, and for policies and programmes focused on Asia's least developed nations. Follow him on Twitter at @CurtisSChin.

Latest from Curtis Chin

Opinion | Asia’s year in review: who came out on top in 2021?

Cold War rhetoric was the real winner of 2021 amid shifting US-China relations, Olympic highs and lows and the rise of Southeast Asia’s fintech sector. The year, however, brought hardship to many of Afghanistan’s women and girls.

Cold War rhetoric was the real winner of 2021 amid shifting US-China relations, Olympic highs and lows and the rise of Southeast Asia’s fintech sector. The year, however, brought hardship to many of Afghanistan’s women and girls.

28 Dec 2021 - 2:30PM
Opinion | The Oscars are more diverse now, but Hollywood still has work to do in stopping Asian hate

Even as the Academy recognises Asians, we must not ignore the fact that, amid coronavirus and a virus of hate, Asian stereotypes remain insidious. A connecting line can be drawn from the images Hollywood has created of Asians as perpetual foreigners to the all-too-real news images of attacks on Asians.

Even as the Academy recognises Asians, we must not ignore the fact that, amid coronavirus and a virus of hate, Asian stereotypes remain insidious. A connecting line can be drawn from the images Hollywood has created of Asians as perpetual foreigners to the all-too-real news images of attacks on Asians.

3 May 2021 - 11:56AM
Opinion | Covid-19 collateral: foreign students locked out of China deserve compassion and consistency

Beijing’s strict policies, part of its war on Covid-19, have affected thousands of international students hoping study in China. Online learning can never replace the hands-on experience and cultural understanding from studying in another country.

Beijing’s strict policies, part of its war on Covid-19, have affected thousands of international students hoping study in China. Online learning can never replace the hands-on experience and cultural understanding from studying in another country.

24 Feb 2021 - 9:32AM
Opinion | Asia’s coronavirus year in review: Who had a smashing 2020? Who had a rough ride?

2020 was great for Tsai-Ing Wen and Jacinda Ardern, good for e-commerce, mixed for Xi Jinping and his belt and road ambitions, bad for the WHO but absolutely the pits for Asia’s poor.

2020 was great for Tsai-Ing Wen and Jacinda Ardern, good for e-commerce, mixed for Xi Jinping and his belt and road ambitions, bad for the WHO but absolutely the pits for Asia’s poor.

29 Dec 2020 - 8:41AM
Opinion | Changing stereotypes and a world of Crazy Rich Asians

Blockbuster film raises some issues about stereotypes, but it should be enjoyed for what it is – a story that matters.

Blockbuster film raises some issues about stereotypes, but it should be enjoyed for what it is – a story that matters.

4 Sep 2018 - 2:30PM
The View | Fintech’s success will be measured by how wide its reach is, not by flashy IPOs

Financial innovation should be assessed based on the impact it has on the lives of ordinary people.

Financial innovation should be assessed based on the impact it has on the lives of ordinary people.

10 Apr 2018 - 10:33PM
Best and worst in 2017: Asia’s powerful leaders won, opposition parties lost, and a Nobel winner fell from grace

Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping saw their powers expand in 2017, while the Rohingya Muslims, Aung San Suu Kyi’s reputation and opposition parties across the region suffered setbacks.

Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping saw their powers expand in 2017, while the Rohingya Muslims, Aung San Suu Kyi’s reputation and opposition parties across the region suffered setbacks.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
As Hong Kong dims, Asia can learn much from Singapore, East Timor and Bhutan

While the region’s fate may rest largely on the major powers, to truly prosper, Asians must pay attention to such ‘small state ideas’ as a commitment to a more sustainable and more representative society

While the region’s fate may rest largely on the major powers, to truly prosper, Asians must pay attention to such ‘small state ideas’ as a commitment to a more sustainable and more representative society

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Let Berlin inspire world leaders to begin breaking down walls

From celebrations in united Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall to those in the United States over midterm elections delivering a more evenly divided Washington, what a week it has been for division, past and present.

From celebrations in united Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall to those in the United States over midterm elections delivering a more evenly divided Washington, what a week it has been for division, past and present.

12 Nov 2014 - 7:39AM
To win war against corruption, Xi Jinping must tackle the rot within the system

In recent months, Chinese consumers have seen US companies in China come in for government criticism, if not outright attack, for food safety, price fixing and other unsavoury practices.

In recent months, Chinese consumers have seen US companies in China come in for government criticism, if not outright attack, for food safety, price fixing and other unsavoury practices.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:37AM
Xi Jinping's 'Asia for Asians' mantra evokes imperial Japan

A small but powerful exhibition on Manhattan's Upper East Side is helping to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war - at least from a US perspective. But, like the best exhibits, the presentation of past events takes on new meaning in the context of an evolving world.

A small but powerful exhibition on Manhattan's Upper East Side is helping to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war - at least from a US perspective. But, like the best exhibits, the presentation of past events takes on new meaning in the context of an evolving world.

14 Jul 2014 - 3:24AM
US should make better use of its skilled Asian immigrants

Having an "Asian" face with a "US ambassador" title, I have often been asked where I am really from. Or, perhaps more politely, just how many generations back did my family emigrate from Asia to the US?

Having an "Asian" face with a "US ambassador" title, I have often been asked where I am really from. Or, perhaps more politely, just how many generations back did my family emigrate from Asia to the US?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
As Apec host, China can show the world a more open side

When the Hong Kong government tersely announced this week that the central government had decided to change the location and timing of a key meeting of Apec finance ministers from Hong Kong to Beijing this September, the rumours began to fly.

When the Hong Kong government tersely announced this week that the central government had decided to change the location and timing of a key meeting of Apec finance ministers from Hong Kong to Beijing this September, the rumours began to fly.

28 Feb 2014 - 4:21AM
Private sector involvement needed to end poverty in Asia's mountains

Frankly, it need not be moon versus mountains. As Asia looks skyward to the tremendous success of China's 20-year-old, multibillion-dollar space programme, much more needs to be done here on earth to bring business growth to some of the highest parts of Asia and the Pacific, a region still home to the vast majority of the world's poor.

Frankly, it need not be moon versus mountains. As Asia looks skyward to the tremendous success of China's 20-year-old, multibillion-dollar space programme, much more needs to be done here on earth to bring business growth to some of the highest parts of Asia and the Pacific, a region still home to the vast majority of the world's poor.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
For now, let's tend first to the needs of storm-shattered Philippines

Like so many others, I have seen the media reports of death and destruction that emerged from the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The initial estimates of the damage were horrendous, but some figures, including the number of estimated fatalities, have mercifully gone down.

Like so many others, I have seen the media reports of death and destruction that emerged from the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The initial estimates of the damage were horrendous, but some figures, including the number of estimated fatalities, have mercifully gone down.

19 Nov 2013 - 5:07AM
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America's pivot to Asia must go beyond defence

With natural gas flowing this month through a controversial Chinese-backed pipeline project connecting resource-rich Burma with energy-hungry China, there remains a clear message to the US and others seeking to expand business relations with the once pariah nation.

With natural gas flowing this month through a controversial Chinese-backed pipeline project connecting resource-rich Burma with energy-hungry China, there remains a clear message to the US and others seeking to expand business relations with the once pariah nation.

21 Aug 2013 - 3:01AM
Carved in stone, Martin Luther King's dream will be heard by Chinese ears

On my last trips to Hong Kong and Singapore, everyone seemed to have an anecdote or a complaint about mainland Chinese tourists. Subways were too crowded. Real estate prices were skyrocketing. Designer boutiques were ignoring local shoppers in favour of poorly behaving, but renminbi-wielding visitors. Some seemed to take on the status of urban myth.

On my last trips to Hong Kong and Singapore, everyone seemed to have an anecdote or a complaint about mainland Chinese tourists. Subways were too crowded. Real estate prices were skyrocketing. Designer boutiques were ignoring local shoppers in favour of poorly behaving, but renminbi-wielding visitors. Some seemed to take on the status of urban myth.

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8 Jun 2013 - 2:11AM
It's all about face for Obama in Asia

In English, it's "face". In Korean, it's chae myun. And, for those of us who work in China, we know it as mianzi.

In English, it's "face". In Korean, it's chae myun. And, for those of us who work in China, we know it as mianzi.

8 Oct 2013 - 3:30AM