Hello and welcome. My name is Benton Walters and I am the founder of the US-East Asian Relations blog.

This blog will feature works dedicated to the political, economic, social, and cultural ties between the United States and East Asia, namely China, Japan, North and South Korea, and Taiwan. The purpose will be to educate the readers on matters pertaining to the relationship these countries share, garner interest in the countries themselves, and inspire discussion about issues.

I actively encourage you, my reader, to comment and share your ideas and opinions, but also to make requests. If there is something you wish to know more about, or a story you would like me to discuss, please contact me. I cannot promise that every request will be taken, for example, if you ask me to write on the history of mochi, I will more than likely, decline. However, please don’t let this discourage you as I am very interested in hearing from you and I know that there will always be something I miss, even on my best days. So please, if there’s something you would like me to look into and write on, send me a request. I will try to answer requests on a first come first serve basis, but I reserve the right to do things out of order if something piques my interest.

With all that said, welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.