Asia Society Texas

The Trump Administration’s Asia Policy: First Year and the Road Ahead

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 – Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

06:00 PM – 08:15 PM

Congressman Joaquin Castro _ Photo

(Courtesy of the Office of the Honorable Joaquín Castro)

During U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign, he often claimed that his presidency would “Make America Great Again.” During his first year in office, observers have suggested that the U.S. departure from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, among other multilateral arrangements, will leave a vacuum in international governance and trade, which the People’s Republic of China would be glad to fill. China has already increased its global presence through massive international investments, the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Additionally, India, Japan, and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are leading new partnerships in regional integration and security networks.

How will the U.S. continue to lead in the Asia-Pacific? What role will U.S. bilateral and multilateral collaboration play in the near future? What can the U.S. learn from Asia and vice versa? Join Asia Society for an engaging discussion on these topics with U.S. Representative Joaquín Castro (TX-20), member of the House Intelligence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee and founding Co-Chair of the U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN.


6:00 pm | VIP Reception
7:00 pm | Program

About the Speaker

The Honorable Joaquín Castro represents Texas' 20th U.S. Congressional District and serves on both the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. First elected to Congress in 2012, Castro was the 2013 co-president for the House freshman Democrats and now serves in House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Castro is also a founding co-chair of the Congressional Pre-K Caucus, the U.S.-Japan Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN. He has been called "a rising star in his party” by The Texas Tribune and one of the top 50 politicos to watch by POLITICO.

Castro, who hails from San Antonio, graduated from Stanford University in 1996 and from Harvard Law School in 2000. At the age of 28, Castro was elected to the Texas Legislature. While a state representative, Castro created the Trailblazers College Tour, personally raising money to send underprivileged students on college visits, exposing them to some of the nation’s best institutions of higher education. He also founded SAReads, San Antonio’s largest literacy campaign and book drive. Over 200,000 books have been distributed to more than 150 schools and shelters across the city. To honor and express gratitude to San Antonio grandparents and other family members raising relatives who aren’t their children, Castro created the annual Families Helping Families dinner and awards.

During his time in Congress, Castro has sought to build out what he calls “The Infrastructure of Opportunity” — good public schools, great universities, and a sound healthcare system — to enable his fellow citizens to pursue the American Dream.

Business & Policy Programs Endowed by Huffington Foundation

Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines are presenting sponsors of Business and Policy programs, with lead support from Nancy C. Allen, BP America, Nancy T. Chang, Anne and Albert Chao, Eagle Global Advisors, and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.


  • Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Monday and Tuesday and major holidays.
  • Admission to the building and Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members and children ages 12 and under, $5 for seniors (65+ with ID) and students (with ID), and $8 for nonmembers.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $7 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

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Java Lava Cafe
Serving 100 percent premium Kona coffee from KarmaSu Coffee Farm in Hawaii, plus breakfast, lunch, and sweet treats, Java Lava Cafe is open for extended breakfast hours Wednesday–Sunday.

Wednesday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm


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