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NEW YORK — Chris Livaccari, Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at Asia Society, explains the importance of dual-language programs and how Asia Society collaborates with schools across America to achieve this goal.
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SEOUL, May 24, 2103 — Speaking at Asia Society Korea Center's monthly luncheon series, General Min-Koo Han, 36th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea, surveys the most recent round of tensions on the Korean peninsula and weighs appropriate responses to what he characterizes as North Korean "provocations."
NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 — Jackie Chan talks to Asia Society Film Curator La Frances Hui about the differences between American and Chinese cinema and lessons learned as an actor, director and producer.
NEW YORK, June 10, 2013 — Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Sara Mathew speaks with Fortune Deputy Managing Editor Stephanie Mehta about what she is interested in finding out from potential employees, and provides insight into what she expects when interviewing applicants.
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NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 — In their first visit to Korea since 1951, a group of Irish veterans reflect on their Korean War experiences and the rise of a modernized post-war South Korea during a visit arranged by the South Korean government back in April of this year.
NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 — Actor Jackie Chan discusses the behind-the-scenes events and answers questions about his stunts and his 1994 classic movie, Drunken Master II.
NEW YORK, June 5, 2013 — Ouyang Bin, an Arthur Ross Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations and Associate Editor of ChinaFile, shares his thoughts on the upcoming summit between Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama, including the significance of the summit, his expectations for key discussion topics, and public response both within China and globally. (4 min., 19 sec.)
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NEW YORK, May 29, 2013 — Orville Schell, director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, explains why the June 7-8 meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in California is important, and what we might expect to come out of it.
NEW YORK, May 23, 2013 — At the award ceremony for Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Dune Lawrence of Bloomberg News describes the impact in China of this year's Prize winner, the Bloomberg series "Revolution to Riches."
Insights from the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative Forum 2013, held in Hong Kong in February 2013 and centered on the theme "Tomorrow's City Today."
NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 — Journalist Peter Hessler describes the differences between interviewing people in China and people in the U.S., and explains that humor can often act as a common denominator.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2013 — Amory B. Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and a pioneering figure in the world of sustainability, accepts his award for Policy Leadership and Excellence at Asia Society Northern California's 10th Annual Dinner.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2013 — Sidney Rittenberg, President of Rittenberg Associates and the first non-Chinese member of the Chinese Communist Party, accepts his award for Education Leadership & Excellence at Asia Society Northern California's 10th Annual Dinner.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2013 — C. Richard Kramlich, chairman and co-founder of New Enterprise Associates and one of the most successful venture capitalists in the U.S. and now China, accepts his award for Business Leadership & Excellence at Asia Society Northern California's 10th Annual Dinner.
NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger outlines an uprecedented opportunity for the United States and China to collaborate on a new global order, and discusses what he sees as the two countries' differing approaches to solving problems.
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NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 — Khalid Malik of the UNDP and Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN, argue that empowering women, particularly through education, is the consistent common denominator in raising standards of living in the developing world.
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NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 — Ejaj Ahmad, founder and president of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) and an Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow, describes what needs to happen in order to prevent future catastrophes like the building collapse that killed hundreds of garment industry workers in Dhaka in April 2013.
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NEW YORK, May 4, 2013 — Paul Auster expresses his admiration for Gen'ichiro Takahashi's range, and poet Charles Simic explores the metaphor of writing in a box, in highlights from the Asia Society/Monkey Business cross-cultural dialogue between American and Japanese writers.
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Much has been written recently about Chinese President Xi Jinping's aspirational political slogan, the "Chinese Dream." The Economist, in fact, dedicated the cover of its current print edition to the topic (see the cover here, read the story here).
But what is the Chinese Dream? Who can realistically attain it? What are the obstacles Xi faces in trying to turn dream into reality? We asked these questions and more to Evan Osnos, China correspondent for The New Yorker and 2007 winner of Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize. Osnos wrote about the Chinese Dream on his Letter From China blog, and is working on a book on the subject to be published in 2014.
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NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 — Dr. Thant Myint-U, founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, explains that a narrow window of opportunity exists to save Yangon's priceless architectural heritage, which includes dozens of churches, mosques, and temples within a square mile.
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Author Paul French, whose wildly successful book Midnight in Peking was awarded the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime last night in New York, visited Asia Society Studios earlier this week to offer some advice for aspiring authors hoping to write the next great China book.
We've summarized French's five tips below, but highly recommend you watch his complete thoughts in the video embedded above.
Here are French's sugestions for getting your China book published:
1. Build your book around a specific topic, rather than China in general. "More depth, less breadth," French said.
2. Focus on "bottom-up analysis," rather than the "3,000-feet view of China from the airplane." "People are much more interested in what people are doing on the ground," French said.
3. Take a more nuanced approach, because China is not as alien to the average reader as it once was. "The idea that you can just do a book that's called Doing Business in China is probably passed now," French said.
4. Write about Chinese lives. "Memoirs of expatriates and foreigners who lived in china ... are just not selling," French said.
5. Try rapid-response publishing. "China is always a fast-moving target," French said. "Waiting around a year-and-a-half or two years or more for a book to come out ... just isn't the way things work anymore," French said.
If you haven't already, you can pick up a copy of Midnight in Peking here or its companion e-book The Badlands here. He's also editor of the Asian Arguments book series for Zed Books and the China Monographs series for the Royal Asiatic Society in Shanghai.
An American citizen in North Korea was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "committing hostile acts" against Kim Jong Un's regime this week. Kenneth Bae, 44, a Korean-American running a tour business out of China, was arrested in northeastern North Korea in November after leading a group of businessmen there from Yanji, China. The specifics of his alleged crime are unclear.
In the video above, Asia Society's Mike Kulma assesses the situation.
NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 — Current and former Wall Street Journal reporters Jeremy Page, Amanda Bennett, and Andy Browne discuss the sharp contrasts between China's dynamic economy and its static political system.
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NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 — Historian William Dalrymple describes how his field research in present-day Afghanistan underscored parallels between the first Western occupation of that country in the 1840s and NATO's more recent involvement there.
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NEW YORK, April 20, 2013 — Cambodian chapei dong vong (long-neck guitar) player Kong Nay performs at Asia Society, both solo and with Ben Allison on bass, Marc Ribot on guitar, and Rudy Royston on drums.
In the video above, filmed Friday after a rehearsal, legendary Cambodian musician Kong Nay uses his trademark satiric wit and imagines himself as a member of parliament who never lost an election and is honored to have the opportunity to "sing chapei" today.
Watch a complete live concert from Kong Nay for free at 8 p.m. Saturday night New York time at http://AsiaSociety.org/Live.
Local viewing times:
California: 5:00 pm | Houston: 7:00 pm | New York: 8:00 pm | Mumbai: 5:30 am (4/21) | Phnom Penh: 7:00 am (4/21) | Hong Kong: 8:00 am (4/21) | Manila: 8:00 am (4/21) | Seoul: 9:00 am (4/21) | Sydney: 10:00 am (4/21)
More details: http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/video-exclusive-song-kong-nay-master-mekong-delta-blues
NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 — Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses the threat rising inequality poses to stability and growth, and outlines how both China and the U.S. are responding (or not) to that threat, in a talk with Vanity Fair contributing editor William Cohan.
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Program Summary: http://scty.asia/ZhLvVs
NEW YORK, April 4, 2013 — Asia Society Museum's Melissa Chiu and Adriana Proser offer insights into the exhibition The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry and Politics in 17th-Century China, on view at Asia Society Museum in New York City through June 2, 2013.
Exhibition Web Page: http://scty.asia/11hxBXb
Related Lecture: http://scty.asia/Xi0WiI
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Kent Kedl, greater China and north Asia managing director for global risk consultancy Control Risks, stopped by Asia Society Studios in New York recently to discuss common problems related to doing business in China.
"As business people, our goal is to reduce complexity," Kedl said. "We want to reduce risk by understanding the complexity and then packaging it up so we can identify it. China resists that at every turn."
In the video embedded above, Kedl breaks down the five biggest challenges he sees businesses struggle with in China:
1. Understanding why you're doing business in China in the first place.
2. Learning how to deal with a lack of information.
3. Figuring out the "story behind the story."
4. Being aware of the role of the government.
5. Avoiding generalizations and acknowledging China's regional complexities.
Getting a handle on these issues is crucial for businesses, Kedl said, because "China is for the long haul."
"It's not a nine-month mini project," he continued. "You're going to be there for a long time. It's going to go up and down, and you've got to have the staying power to really succeed there."
NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 — In a debate with hedge fund manager Jim Chanos about the future of China's economy, Stephen Roach offers his recommendations to China's rulers on how to safeguard continued economic growth.
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NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 — Celebrity chef Simpson Wong discusses his philosophy of cooking and what he learned from his mother, his youth in Malaysia, and his travels around Asia in an exclusive sit-down with Asia Society.
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NEW YORK, March 17, 2013 — Melissa Chiu, Madhuvanti Ghose, Julian Raby, and Jay Xu assess the potential for greater collaboration and reciprocity between museums in the U.S. and in Asia in the years ahead.
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NEW YORK, March 11, 2013 — U.S. playwright David Henry Hwang addresses the "myopia" of American audiences before he and Taiwanese writer Wei-jan Chi delve into theater's perennial conflict between art and commerce.
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NEW YORK, March 14-15, 2013 — Highlights from Asia Society's two-day South China Sea conference, which brought together policy experts from several countries to discuss what's causing current regional tensions and to outline potential solutions.
NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 — Peter Sturman, co-curator of Asia Society Museum's exhibition The Artful Recluse, traces the ideal of the recluse back to its earliest appearances in Chinese history and culture.
NEW YORK, March 18, 2013 — Speaking at Asia Society's 2013 Celebration of Asia Week gala, designer Jason Wu recounts his personal story, from being born in Taiwan 30 years ago to designing two inaugural gowns for U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tonight, as you may have heard, celebrated fashion designer Jason Wu serves as honorary chair at Asia Society's star-studded Celebration of Asia Week (http://asiasociety.org/asiaweekbenefit) benefit gala at The Pierre in New York City.
Recently, we sat down Wu at his garment district studio, which was still abuzz following first lady Michelle Obama's choice to wear a Jason Wu gown at the inaugural ball ... for the second time.
"I never thought it would happen again," the Taiwan-born Wu told us.
In the above video, the 30-year-old wunderkind talks about his childhood, his design philosophy and what it feels like to be part of American history.
NEW YORK, March 4, 2013 — In a talk with Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu, collector and entrepreneur Wendi Murdoch outlines her ambitions for Artsy, the art and technology company she recently co-founded.
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NEW YORK, January 18, 2013 - Policy experts Susana Moreira, Nicholas Thomas and Xu Xiaojie discuss the effects of increased use of shale gas on Sino-U.S. competition for resources in other countries at "The Triangle of Sino-American Energy Diplomacy: A Symposium."
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NEW YORK, February 6, 2013 — In conversation with analyst Ian Bremmer, Singapore's veteran diplomat Kishore Mahbubani outlines his vision of the next phase of U.S.-China relations and describes a worrisome myopia among U.S. officials.
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