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From the chiseled, insouciant Robert Mitchum and the rugged, laconic Clint Eastwood to John Wayne, the most celebrated cowboy of all, Hollywood's Western icons are invariably strong, brooding -- and white. The roles they play, too -- legendary frontiersmen like Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp -- are typically ranchers, lawmen or outlaws battling for money or land on behalf of White America. It is little surprise then that the racial makeup of America's real Wild West -- a melting pot of Europeans, Chinese, Mexicans, Native American and blacks -- remains one of the country's best-kept secrets.
China and Japan's economies are expected to slow sharply over the next two years but Asian growth will remain strong as domestic demand takes up the slack from weak global trade, the IMF said Tuesday. Government stimulus measures, lower commodity prices and low unemployment will help drive regional expansion, the International Monetary Fund said, and called on leaders to push on with reforms. Since its previous outlook on the region in October, global markets have seen wild volatility, with worries over China's economy and plunging oil prices hammering shares in January and February, wiping trillions off valuations.