Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

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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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.

Interview: 'Zombie Combat' Expert Roger Ma Protects Fellow Citizens From the Undead

As vampires and zombies threaten to overrun American culture, one man stands between ordinary mortals and the blood-sucking, flesh-eating hordes.

Interview: Cross-Cultural Dialogue 'Translates' in Latest 'Monkey Business'

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The third issue of the acclaimed Japanese-American literary journal is the most cosmopolitan and wide-ranging yet. Panel discussion with Paul Auster and Charles Simic this Saturday, May 4, at Asia Society New York.

Choreographer Yin Mei Recreates China's 'World Gone Mad' Onstage at Asia Society

Yin Mei's earlier dance theater piece
Arts

Yin Mei puts masks, movement, puppetry and text in "conversation" with a famous documentary to re-imagine the Cultural Revolution onstage. Live performance at Asia Society New York this Sunday, January 13.

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

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As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

Interview: For Editorial Cartoonist 'KAL,' Pen is Definitely Mightier Than the Sword

Rocket man: North Korea's Kim Jong Un gets the KAL treatment earlier in 2012. (The Economist)
Arts

"You can judge the maturity of a society by the amount of satire it can endure," says one of the world's leading editorial cartoonists. In-person appearance at Asia Society Hong Kong this Thursday, November 29.