Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

Interview: AP's Dogged Reporting Challenges 'Good-News Narrative' in Myanmar

Roshida Moud, 12, is held by his father as the latter explains that his son was hit in the head with a stone during the Rakhine violence in 2012, in Sittwe, Myanmar, on May 6, 2014. (Andre Malerba/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

"We do not expect the situation for the Rohingya to improve," says an AP journalist who covered some of the most shocking sectarian conflict in Myanmar. "In fact, things will probably continue to get worse."

Interview: Genre-Bending Japanese Novelist on 'Political' Writing, Post-Fukushima

Writer Hideo Furukawa, one of the contributors to the fourth edition (2014) of the literary journal
Arts

One of Japan's most lauded authors explains why genre distinctions don't concern him and how the March 2011 disaster made him realize he's a "political" writer. In-person at Asia Society New York May 3.

Interview: In Typhoon Disaster Zone, Reporter Says Filipinos Will 'Soldier On'

Damage from Typhoon Haiyan, Dulag, Leyte, November 22, 2013. (Eric Jankstrom)
Sustainability

A New York-based Filipino journalist describes what it was like to interview her countrymen in the wake of the worst typhoon ever to hit the Philippines.

Asia Society Remembers Karin Higa, 'Pioneering Advocate' for Asian American Art

L to R: Susette Min, Karin Higa, and Asia Society Museum Director Karin Higa, co-curators of the Asia Society Museum exhibtion
Arts

Asia Society joins the art community in mourning the loss of Karin Higa, a distinguished curator of Asian American art.

Interview: 'Iranian New Wave' Film Curator Uncovers a Precious, Threatened Legacy

Bahram Beyzaie's
Arts

A crucial, little seen period of Iranian film history comes to life at Asia Society New York for three weeks beginning this Saturday, November 2.

Rare Buddhist Art From Myanmar, Coming Soon to a Museum Near You

Sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar, home to thousands of temples, pagodas and monasteries built from the 9th to 13th centuries CE. (jmhullot/Flickr)
Arts

The New York Times reports on Asia Society's involvement in the "coming out" of Myanmar's little-seen early Buddhist art.

Interview: Debut Novelist Weighs In With Towering Portrayal of 19th-Century India

Arts

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's 984-page blockbuster, which he translated from his own Urdu original, is a definitive fictional recreation of 19th-century New Delhi.

Interview: Historian Investigates the 'Pity of Partition' Through Manto's Life and Writing

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Arts

Historian Ayesha Jalal turns a literary lens on the traumatic events of 1947 and their aftermath. In-person appearance at Asia Society India Centre, with filmmaker Shyam Benegal, on Thursday, July 18.

Interview: 'Desilicious' DJ Ashu Rai Creates Sonic Sanctuary for LGBT South Asians

She is the DJ, she is what she plays: Ashu Rai (L), co-founder of Sholay Productions, works the turntables. (Jennifer MacFarlane)
Lifestyle

The DJ behind New York City's long-running South Asian LGBT dance party talks about creating a safe space for the community and offers her music picks for the months ahead.

Interview: Classical Violinist Jennifer Koh Finds Her Own Path to Music with Meaning

Violinist Jennifer Koh. (Juergen Frank)
Arts

The Chicago-born violinist has made a name for herself not only through her playing but through her unusually thoughtful approach to the classical repertory.