We hope that HMC Asia will be a valuable and informative experience. This committee will push you to think deeply about the nature of politics and the issues both the United States and nations around the world. Specifically, you will be tackling challenging topics ranging from rising costs of prescription drugs to nuclear energy. As a delegate, you will be asked to think critically about difficult and controversial questions, analyze information, collaborate with your peers, and develop meaningful policy solutions. Most importantly, you will work amid passionate students from all across Asia who will challenge you, support you, and encourage you to be the best policy-make you can be. I hope that HMC will make you more aware of international political issues, and more importantly, better equipped to tackle these issues confidently.
As members of the United States Congress, you will experience the legislative process first-hand, both in and out of committee. You will brave the challenges of lawmaking at the most fundamental level through stimulating debate and compromise, all in the pursuit of just and effective legislation. Here, we urge you to thoroughly research your positions, and to critically examine how you might go about understanding and solving key problems. In this regard, we strongly recommend that you step into the shoes of your congressperson, considering what leads him or her to take on specific stances, even if you don’t necessarily agree personally on all positions taken. Ultimately, it is our hope that you’ll take away from the conference a firm appreciation for the valuable and rewarding work of public officials.
We’re excited to get to know you all and to work together to tackle some of these issues. If you want to introduce yourself or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email.
We look forward to seeing you in January!
All the best,
Marc Bornstein and Raymond Wang
Chairs, House Science, Space, and Technology
Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.