What is ASEAN?
ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. Its original charter counted five member-countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Since then, five other nations have joined up: Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999.
Similar to the EU in Europe, the ASEAN was set up to advance mutual interests in the region. These interests include the acceleration of economic growth, social and cultural progress, and regional peace and stability. In line with those goals, ASEAN leaders set up three "pillars" of governance in 2003: ASEANSecurity, ASEAN Economic Community, and ASEAN Socio-cultural Community.
The ASEAN Community
Fun with English
Tongue Twisters for Pronunciation Practice!
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Mrs. Smith's fish sauce shop sells seashells by the seashore.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
-A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
The rickety ladder rattled right and left before it crashed through the glass.
Thirty tee-shirts are tan, and thirteen tee-shirts are tie-dyed teal green.
Did you see the tall Thai tie a tie-dyed, Thai-styled tie today?
The crow flew over the river with a lump of raw liver.
Sally sells seashells by the sea shore.