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.
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 | 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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

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

Changing stereotypes and a world of Crazy Rich Asians
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

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

Fintech’s success will be measured by how wide its reach is, not by flashy IPOs 
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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.

Best and worst in 2017: Asia’s powerful leaders won, opposition parties lost, and a Nobel winner fell from grace
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

As Hong Kong dims, Asia can learn much from Singapore, East Timor and Bhutan
Beyond summits: what the evolution of China’s cities can tell us about the state of the economy
For the youth of China and the US, there’s no better time to study abroad and break down walls
Did Bangkok choose to look the other way in the abduction of Gui Minhai?
Can Southeast Asia remain a top draw for visitors from China and elsewhere after Bangkok bombing?
China can benefit if it treats its AIIB partners with fairness
US rebalance must strengthen ties with the whole of Asia
The good, the bad and the ugly side of Asia in 2014
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.

12 Nov 2014 - 7:39AM

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.

Let Berlin inspire world leaders to begin breaking down walls
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.

24 Sep 2014 - 4:37AM

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.

To win war against corruption, Xi Jinping must tackle the rot within the system
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.

14 Jul 2014 - 3:24AM

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.

Xi Jinping's 'Asia for Asians' mantra evokes imperial Japan
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?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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?

US should make better use of its skilled Asian immigrants
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.

28 Feb 2014 - 4:21AM

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.

As Apec host, China can show the world a more open side
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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.

Private sector involvement needed to end poverty in Asia's mountains
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.

19 Nov 2013 - 5:07AM

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.

For now, let's tend first to the needs of storm-shattered Philippines
Has China's superpower moment arrived?
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.

21 Aug 2013 - 3:01AM

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.

America's pivot to Asia must go beyond defence
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.

28 Aug 2013 - 3:20AM

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.

Carved in stone, Martin Luther King's dream will be heard by Chinese ears
China's time at ADB helm not yet come
How big should the income gap be in Asia?
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.

8 Oct 2013 - 3:30AM

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.

It's all about face for Obama in Asia