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USAI Trustee Chris Fenton Exits DMG After 17 Years


US-Asia Institute Trustee and President of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group Chris Fenton is leaving DMG after a 17-year run. At DMG, Fenton supervised the development, financing, production, marketing, and distribution of the company’s content. He also produced or supervised 20 films — a group that includes “Looper,” “Iron Man 3,” and “47 Ronin.” Fenton, a former William Morris...Read More



USAI Trustee Chris Fenton on Hollywood in China


US-Asia Institute Trustee and President of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group Chris Fenton interviewed with Voice of America’s Elizabeth Lee to discuss the importance of the Chinese market to Hollywood. “When people collaborate on making anything artistic, there’s an emotional pull inside of that and if it works well, you not only have a great...Read More



The Fourth Annual Celebration of Community Heroes


The Museum of Chinese in America hosted its Annual Celebration of Community Heroes in New York City on April 6, 2017. USAI President Glenn Lau-Kee was honored as this year’s community hero. The Celebration of Community Heroes event recognizes the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of individuals, institutions, and organizations that inspire hope and help advance our local community....Read More



USAI Announces New President


Glenn Lau-Kee was elected president of the US-Asia Institute in 2017. He is a former president of the 74,000 member New York State Bar Association. As the 117th president of NYSBA during 2014-2015, he was the first Asian-American to serve as President. Glenn is a member of the firm of Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC, located in Manhattan, New York.Read More



USAI Trustee Tom Ara to Speak at ABA’S 2016 Forum on Entertainment & Sports


One of USAI’s trustee Tom K. Ara will speak at American Bar Association’s 2016 Forum on Entertainment & Sports on Oct 6-8 representing Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Ara will be moderating a panel titled “Doing Business in China: Challenges and Opportunities.” Tom Ara joined USAI in 2015. He “focuses his practice on complex entertainment and media...Read More



Liza Walsh joins USAI’s Board of Trustees


The US-Asia Institute is honored to introduce the newest member of the board, Liza Walsh, who joined USAI earlier this year. Ms. Walsh has practiced commercial litigation and class action defense for more than 30 years, representing some of the country’s largest and most prestigious companies. She has defended major pharmaceutical companies in high-profile patent litigation and has acted as liaison counsel to defendants in multidistrict litigations. Read More



2016 Annual Lunar New Year Celebration: Opening Remarks


Address given February 25, 2016 by USAI Trustee Tom Ara. "Since our founding in 1979, the US-Asia Institute has worked quietly and effectively behind the scenes to strengthen relationships between the peoples and governments of the United States and Asia through educational forums, people-to-people exchanges, and celebrations – such as this – of the rich cultures and traditions our countries value and share..."Read More