Asia Society Turns 60

Celebrating Six Decades of Building Bridges

The Asia Society was founded in New York on June 28, 1956, with a mission to build bridges of understanding between the peoples of Asia and the United States, and to use culture and policy as the primary tools for its bridge-building. It was a mission born of John D. Rockefeller 3rd’s profound impression — after repeated trips to Asia in the 1940s and 1950s — that Americans understood poorly the cultures of those nations and peoples he had come to know. This year we celebrate the many ways Asia Society has executed that mission over the past six decades, from Mr. Rockefeller’s early stewardship of the institution to its global expansion, from its impactful policy work to inspiring exhibitions and performances, and from Asian and American leaders who have graced the Asia Society stage.

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Asia Society President Emeritus Robert Oxnam discusses the odds against success that John D. Rockefeller 3rd's new organization faced in 1956.
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The current president and CEO reflects on the organization's six decades of history.
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For its 60th anniversary, Asia Society reflects on how it's built bridges between the United States and Asia.
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Asia Society celebrates 60th anniversary with special exhibitions and signature events across the Society’s global network.
On view at Asia Society Museum in New York March 8, 2016 through January 8, 2017

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