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Introducing 'Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot'
Introducing 'Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot'

NEW YORK, August 28, 2014 — Michelle Yun, Asia Society's Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, reflects on Nam June Paik's extraordinary contributions to video art both historically and in the present day.
Exhibition website: http://scty.asia/njprobot

Documentary Q & A: 'The Last Moose of Aoluguya'
Documentary Q & A: 'The Last Moose of Aoluguya'

NEW YORK, August 18, 2014 — After a screening of the documentary The Last Moose of Aoluguya, which follows Weijia, a hunter/herdsman who belongs to the Ewenti minority of northern China, Asia Society Film Curator La Frances Hui talks to Zhao Jiewei, the film's cinematographer.
Film series: http://scty.asia/1ujCGOn

Documentary Q & A: Conservationist Sun Shan NEW
Documentary Q & A: Conservationist Sun Shan NEW

NEW YORK, August 25, 2014 — Following a screening of the documentaries A Farmer's Struggle and Yak Dung, both of which focus on imperiled traditional rural communities in present-day China, Michael Zhao of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations speaks with Sun Shan, former Director of the Shanshui Conservation Center. (32 min., 38 sec.)
Film series: http://scty.asia/1ujCGOn

Documentary Q & A: 'Waking the Green Tiger'
Documentary Q & A: 'Waking the Green Tiger'

NEW YORK, August 18, 2014 — Following a screening of the documentary Waking the Green Tiger, about a grassroots campaign to block a huge dam on the Yangtze River, Asia Society's Orville Schell talks with environmental activist Shi Lihong, who contributed footage and is interviewed in the film.
For more, visit: http://scty.asia/1ujCGOn

Q & A with 'Sold' Director Jeffrey D. Brown
Q & A with 'Sold' Director Jeffrey D. Brown

Following a screening of Sold as the opening film of the 2014 Asian American International Film Festival, director Jeffrey D. Brown, producer Jane Charles, actress Seirah Royin, and author of the original novel Patricia McCormick participate in an audience Q & A. Luna Ranjit, Executive Director of Adhikaar, moderates. (30 min., 59 sec.)

Dr. Tererai Trent PGL Keynote
Dr. Tererai Trent PGL Keynote

NEW YORK, June 27, 2014 — Highlights from the keynote address by education activist Dr. Tererai Trent at Asia Society's 2014 Partnership for Global Learning Conference. ( 1 min., 55 sec.)
Partnership for Global Learning Conference: http://sites.asiasociety.org/pgl2014/
Asia Blog interview with Tererai Trent: http://scty.asia/1iWlfQg

Actor Q&A: Moon So-Ri on 'Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits'
Actor Q&A: Moon So-Ri on 'Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits'

NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 — Asia Society Film Curator La Frances Hui talks to actress Moon So-Ri about her new film Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits, a mystical journey into the psyche of Korea through the shaman Kim Keum-hwa. Closing film of New York Asian Film Festival. (36 min., 9 sec.)

More information: http://scty.asia/1qp9NLL

Director Q&A: Valerie Veatch on 'Love Child'
Director Q&A: Valerie Veatch on 'Love Child'

NEW YORK, July 15, 2014 — Director Valerie Veatch discusses her new documentary, Love Child, with Touré, co-host of MSNBC's The Cycle, and T-Mobile CEO John Legere, the film's executive producer. Love Child, which premieres on HBO on Monday, July 28, explores the growing issue of internet addiction in South Korea. (33 min., 38 sec.)

More information: http://scty.asia/1iWiRsB

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Addresses Asia Society Australia
Japan PM Shinzo Abe Addresses Asia Society Australia

CANBERRA, July 8, 2014 — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a business lunch hosted by Asia Society and the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee and others. (8 min., 54 sec.)

Read more: http://scty.asia/Wr89A2

How Afghanistan Can Restore Its Political Credibility and Legitimacy
How Afghanistan Can Restore Its Political Credibility and Legitimacy

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2014 — Panelists Omar Samad, Clare Lockhart, and Hassan Abbas discuss the causes of the controversy surrounding Afghanistan's presidential election and the solutions available to the leading candidates and their supporters.

Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/Wcx4HU
Read the blog: http://scty.asia/1kase2V

Dobbins: Afghanistan Isn't Ready for 'Winner-Take-All' Election
Dobbins: Afghanistan Isn't Ready for 'Winner-Take-All' Election

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2014 — Amb. James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, explains why Afghanistan presidential candidates should seek a power-sharing arrangement to help settle the current electoral controversy.

Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/Wcx4HU
Read the blog: http://scty.asia/1oKddZW

Yunpeng Wang: 'Nemico della Patria'
Yunpeng Wang: 'Nemico della Patria'

NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 — Baritone Yunpeng Wang performs "Nemico della Patria," from Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier, as part of an Asia Society program exploring the growing Chinese presence on international opera stages. Pianist Siyi Fang provides accompaniment.

Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1quht03
Related video: Yanbing Zhang: http://scty.asia/1lNiDCX

'The Hong Kong Way ... is Perhaps the Most Optimal'
'The Hong Kong Way ... is Perhaps the Most Optimal'

NEW YORK, June 30, 2014 — Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie Chan and Hong Kong SAR Senior Counsel Johnny Mok argue in favor of the current Hong Kong electoral process and what Chan describes as the "father-son" relationship between China and Hong Kong.

Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1jGz6VE

Shiva Ahmadi: On Creating 'Lotus'
Shiva Ahmadi: On Creating 'Lotus'

NEW YORK, June 20, 2014 — Artist Shiva Ahmadi offers insights into her animation Lotus, on view in Asia Society Museum's In Focus series in Summer 2014, including the work's political undertones, how it relates to two Buddhas in the Asia Society Museum collection, and the arduous process of adapting the original painting into a single-channel animation.

Shiva Ahmadi: In Focus (exhibition web page):
http://scty.asia/1ht0oTP

Artist Profile: Shiva Ahmadi (related video):
http://scty.asia/1wpjUUu

Arianna Huffington: So-Called Experts and 'The End of Memory'
Arianna Huffington: So-Called Experts and 'The End of Memory'

NEW YORK, June 26, 2014 — Arianna Huffington describes some of the inspirational or uplifting content audiences are drawn to on The Huffington Post, cites a line by the Persian poet Rumi as justification for why she'd want to dine with him, and denounces the advocates for the Iraq war who have recently resurfaced in the U.S. media in response to the latest turmoil there.

Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1jCJNII

Bremmer: 'Asia Actually Looks Pretty Good'
Bremmer: 'Asia Actually Looks Pretty Good'

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 — Policy analyst Ian Bremmer asserts that President Obama's most significant foreign policy achievement is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which may conceivably push China toward economic reform, while also cautioning that "the best thing" the U.S. can do to improve its relationship with Asia is make sure its economy is doing well.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1o3JP0c
Asia Blog interview with Ian Bremmer: http://scty.asia/1o4jq2n

Bremmer: American Foreign Policy Becoming 'More Chinese'
Bremmer: American Foreign Policy Becoming 'More Chinese'

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 — Policy analyst and Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer notes that "some of the world's strongest leaders today are in Asia" before arguing that, contrary to popular opinion, American foreign policy under President Obama is becoming "more Chinese" rather than "more European" in its approach to various challenges.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1o3JP0c
Asia Blog interview with Ian Bremmer: http://scty.asia/1idoYsk

Chinese Voices in Western Opera: Yanbing Zhang
Chinese Voices in Western Opera: Yanbing Zhang

NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 — One of China's first-generation Western opera singers, Yanbing Zhang describes her transition from performing in a propaganda troupe to becoming a trained singer, and the sensation Luciano Pavarotti created with his first appearance in China.
Related video: Made in China: New Voices in Western Opera (Complete): http://scty.asia/1quht03

Building U.S.--China Relations with a Banjo
Building U.S.--China Relations with a Banjo

LOS ANGELES, May 8-10, 2014 — Singer, songwriter, and claw-hammer banjo player Abigail Washburn's multimedia performance at Asia Society's seventh annual National Chinese Language Conference. Co-presented by the College Board.

Read more about the program: http://scty.asia/1iqCjgX
National Chinese Language Conference: http://scty.asia/1fV5c39

Artist Profile: Shiva Ahmadi
Artist Profile: Shiva Ahmadi

NEW YORK, June 20, 2014 — Artist Shiva Ahmadi, whose work is on view at Asia Society Museum from June 10 through August 3, 2014, speaks about her evolving relationship to the tradition of Persian miniature painting, and how political themes have gradually found their way into her art.
Shiva Ahmadi: In Focus: http://scty.asia/1ht0oTP

2014 Oz Prize: Serious Time for Serious Reporting
2014 Oz Prize: Serious Time for Serious Reporting

NEW YORK, June 18, 2014 — At the award ceremony for Asia Society's 2014 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Wall Street Journal reporter Preetika Rana and Jason Szep of Reuters talk to moderator Ken Auletta about the time they committed to their on-the-ground investigative journalism in India and Myanmar, respectively.
Watch the complete program here: http://scty.asia/1lFcYP5
Read the program summary: http://scty.asia/1qsQDW7

Ban Ki-moon: 'How Many More People Must Die?'
Ban Ki-moon: 'How Many More People Must Die?'

NEW YORK, June 20, 2014 — Acknowledging that "the Syrian war cannot be won by military means," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for an arms embargo on Syria and expresses skepticism about the effectiveness of airstrikes against Sunni extremists in neighboring Iraq.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1ps6XqK
Read the program summary: http://scty.asia/1psTOO6
Complete text of Ban Ki-moon's address: http://scty.asia/1psTPS5

Ban Ki-moon: The Crisis in Syria
Ban Ki-moon: The Crisis in Syria

NEW YORK, June 20, 2014 — Arguing that Syria is "increasingly, a failed state," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the many dimensions of the conflict there and offers a six-point plan that could conceivably help to end it.
Read the program summary: http://scty.asia/1psTOO6
Complete text of Ban Ki-moon's address: http://scty.asia/1psTPS5

Diversity Leadership Forum: Q&A with Chris Lee and Tina Edmundson
Diversity Leadership Forum: Q&A with Chris Lee and Tina Edmundson

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 — Michael Chen (President of Media, Communications, and Entertainment at General Electric Company) speaks with Tina Edmundson (Marriott's Chief Global Brand Officer) and Chris Lee (Medtronic President) about what "diversity" actually means, particularly in a multinational company setting, at Asia Society's 2014 Diversity Leadership Forum.
Asia Society's Diversity Leadership Initiative: http://scty.asia/1lhMUoy

Diversity Leadership Forum: Nusrat Durrani
Diversity Leadership Forum: Nusrat Durrani

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 — MTV World General Manager and Senior Vice President Nusrat Durrani delivers the keynote address, "Winning (& Losing) in the New America," at Asia Society's 2014 Diversity Leadership Forum.
Asia Society's Diversity Leadership Initiative: http://scty.asia/1lhMUoy

Diversity Leadership Forum: Tina Edmundson
Diversity Leadership Forum: Tina Edmundson

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 — Marriott Chief Global Brand Officer Tina Edmundson talks about the role (and challenge) of her identity in the navigation of her career at Asia Society's 2014 Diversity Leadership Forum.
Asia Society's Diversity Leadership Initiative: http://scty.asia/1lhMUoy

Diversity Leadership Forum: Chris Lee
Diversity Leadership Forum: Chris Lee

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 — Medtronic President Chris Lee speaks about the difference in expectations for Asian Americans working at multinational companies at Asia Society's 2014 Diversity Leadership Forum.
Asia Society's Diversity Leadership Initiative: http://scty.asia/1lhMUoy

China's Coal Districts: 'A Very Visceral Experience'
China's Coal Districts: 'A Very Visceral Experience'

NEW YORK, June 11, 2014 — Mother Jones reporter Jaeah Lee describes seeing the effects of air pollution firsthand in Lanzhou, one of the first cities to burn coal in China, and Gasland director Josh Fox argues that China's growing reliance on fracking is "all the more reason to ban it everywhere else."
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1oXCuAp
Interview with Jaeah Lee and James West: http://scty.asia/1uue5Eh

Diversity Leadership Forum: Collaboration and Dialogue
Diversity Leadership Forum: Collaboration and Dialogue

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 — Philip A. Berry describes some of the ways in which Asia Society's annual Diversity Leadership Forum and its survey enable Asian Pacific American professionals to share insights and information with their peers that they then bring back to their companies.
Asia Society's Diversity Leadership Initiative: http://scty.asia/WcITO4

Diversity Leadership Forum: Three Benefits of the APA Corporate Survey
Diversity Leadership Forum: Three Benefits of the APA Corporate Survey

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 — Consultant Subha V. Barry outlines three benefits of Asia Society's 2014 Asian Pacific American Corporate survey, in particular its metrics demonstrating that Asian Pacific American professionals are not ascending to leadership roles in the executive ranks.
Asia Society's Diversity Leadership Initiative: http://scty.asia/WcITO4

Iran-US: 'Both Countries Really Want This'
Iran-US: 'Both Countries Really Want This'

NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 — Iranian former diplomat Ambassador Hossein Mousavian traces some of the historical grievances underlying Iranian mistrust of the U.S., while Iran expert and former National Security Council member Gary Sick speculates as to when and how the two countries might reach a nuclear agreement later this year.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1utvzAE
Read the program summary: http://scty.asia/1kMuhc7

Onstage: Black Cockatoo Dance Company
Onstage: Black Cockatoo Dance Company

NEW YORK, May 16, 2014 — Australia's Black Cockatoo Dance Company fuses the distinct identities and cultural traditions of Australia's indigenous peoples, combining Aboriginal song and dance with the drums of the Torres Strait Islands.

In India, a Winning Platform of 'Decisiveness and Efficiency'
In India, a Winning Platform of 'Decisiveness and Efficiency'

NEW YORK, May 19, 2014 — Panelists Bobby Ghosh, Devesh Kapur, and Frank Wisner offer predictions for Narendra Modi's policy agenda, from an emphasis on infrastructure and agriculture at home to greater engagement with countries like Japan and Israel abroad.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1vuICmS
Read the program summary: http://scty.asia/RQoFXH

Q & A with 'Bitter Honey' Director Robert Lemelson
Q & A with 'Bitter Honey' Director Robert Lemelson

NEW YORK, May 21, 2014 — Documentary filmmaker Robert Lemelson and psychologist Livia Iskandar, Co-Founder/International Director of PULIH Center for Trauma Recovery and Psychosocial Intervention, speak with Asia Society's Rachel Cooper about the issues raised in Lemelson's film Bitter Honey, a portrait of three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia.

Osnos: 'The Whole Country Is Moving at Warp Speed'
Osnos: 'The Whole Country Is Moving at Warp Speed'

NEW YORK, May 14, 2014 — New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos talks to Asia Society's Orville Schell about the roots of his longstanding fascination with China and some of characteristics that make life in China so distinctive today.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/1v9Iglt

Giridharadas: 'No One ... Is Living Country Music Values'
Giridharadas: 'No One ... Is Living Country Music Values'

NEW YORK, May 12, 2014 — Journalist Anand Giridharadas talks to NYU's Jack Tchen about the U.S. working class milieu he explored for his new book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, which relates a violent encounter between a Bangladeshi immigrant and a white supremacist immediately after 9/11.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/T3LlF8
Read an excerpt from The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas: http://scty.asia/1mGL5sM

Onstage with Lenora Lee's New York Stories
Onstage with Lenora Lee's New York Stories

NEW YORK, May 8-9, 2014 — Choreographer/dancer Lenora Lee's multidisciplinary theater works The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories explore the lives of early 20th-century Chinese migrant women through dance, martial arts, film, and soundscapes. Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.
Download the program notes: http://scty.asia/T3jODI

Kevin Rudd: Learning Chinese Is a 'Doorway to Understanding'
Kevin Rudd: Learning Chinese Is a 'Doorway to Understanding'

LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2014 — In the keynote address of Asia Society's 2014 National Chinese Language Conference, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who speaks fluent Mandarin, cautions against five commonly held misperceptions of China and speaks of language as "a doorway to understanding."
Read related blog post: http://scty.asia/1fV597F
National Chinese Language Conference website: http://scty.asia/1fV5c39

Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Platform for 'Coming Together'
Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Platform for 'Coming Together'

NEW YORK, May 5, 2014 — Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2004, discusses ideas surrounding art and political agency, particularly with regard to his Demonstrations series of drawings.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/RkRKKY

Okwui Enwezor: 'I Always Had ... a Change Agenda'
Okwui Enwezor: 'I Always Had ... a Change Agenda'

NEW YORK, May 5, 2014 — Okwui Enwezor, curator of the upcoming Venice Biennale 2015, shares a few thoughts on the role of the curator in the 21st century with Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu.
Watch the complete program: http://scty.asia/RkRKKY

Highlights: '33 rpm and a few seconds'
Highlights: '33 rpm and a few seconds'

NEW YORK, April 29, 2014 — Excerpts from the innovative multimedia stage production (with no actors) 33 rpm and a few seconds, created by Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué, followed by a conversation between the artists and Shirin Neshat.

In Concert: Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard
In Concert: Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard

NEW YORK, November 16, 2013 — Additional highlights from Asia Society's concert with kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and bass santour player Ali Bahrami Fard.
Watch another clip: http://scty.asia/Rlb9eu
Download program notes: http://scty.asia/Rlb7TP
Pre-performance lecture: http://scty.asia/Rlbazd
View all Iran Modern-related events: http://scty.asia/18BxZRT

'Documented' Q & A with Jose Antonio Vargas
'Documented' Q & A with Jose Antonio Vargas

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 — Following a screening of his film Documented, which recounts his arrival in the U.S. from the Philippines as a child and subsequent awakening as an immigration reform activist, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses issues raised by the film with Asia Society's Tom Nagorski and the audience. Introduction by MTV President Stephen Friedman.

Jose Antonio Vargas: 'We're Here Because You Were There'
Jose Antonio Vargas: 'We're Here Because You Were There'

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 — Journalist and immigration reform activist Jose Antonio Vargas outlines some of the frustrations and paradoxes surrounding U.S. immigration policy that led him to make the film Documented.
Watch the complete Q & A: http://scty.asia/RcpI3S

Highlights: 2014 Korean Music Festival
Highlights: 2014 Korean Music Festival

NEW YORK, April 11-12, 2014 — Over two nights, Asia Society presented two styles of traditional Korean music. The first evening was dedicated to four musicians performing sanjo — a solo form of virtuosic traditional music with roots in indigenous shamanism and folk music, while the second concert was devoted to pansori, a solo sung storytelling form, in a showcase for the male maestro Lim Hyeun-bin.

Highlights: Bora Yoon in Concert
Highlights: Bora Yoon in Concert

NEW YORK, April 23, 2014 — Composer, vocalist, and mixed-media innovator Bora Yoon launches her new album Sunken Cathedral with a performance at Asia Society New York.

Afghan Media Mogul Saad Mohseni on the State of US Cable News
Afghan Media Mogul Saad Mohseni on the State of US Cable News

NEW YORK, April 23, 2014 — Saad Mohseni, an Asia 21 Young Leader and Moby Group chairman, shares his views on U.S. cable news and how it differs from coverage in Afghanistan.
Read the full story: http://scty.asia/QyKrPj

Foreign Investment and Indonesia's 'Big Messy Democracy'
Foreign Investment and Indonesia's 'Big Messy Democracy'

NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 — Dane Chamorro, Asia-Pacific director for global risk analysis at Control Risks Group, discusses how Indonesia's upcoming presidential election, which will most likely result in a coalition government, could affect foreign investment.
Read the full story here: http://scty.asia/QyLEWQ

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