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Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

Video: Asia Society Audience Gets to Know Sun Yat-Sen — the Life and the Opera

Soprano Fang Tao Jiang on stage at Asia Society New York on May 1, 2012.

Concert excerpts from a major contemporary opera draw a favorable response from a public radio "Operavore" and an Asia Society audience.

Interview: Translator Motoyuki Shibata on Manga, Murakami and Monkey Business

Motoyuki Shibata at Asia Society New York in December 2010.

Japan's master translator, a one-man conduit between American and Japanese literature, shares his thoughts on both literary cultures. Shibata appears with a panel of American and Japanese writers at Asia Society New York this Sunday, May 6.

Photo of the Day: Curbside Crowd, Yunnan Province


They look as if they've seen it all: Roadside scene in Yunnan province, China, on February 16, 2012. (tongxuemenandwomen/Flickr)

How You Can Watch Asia Society's Sold-Out Arif Lohar Concert for Free

Arif Lohar.

A flurry of media coverage appears in the buildup to Arif Lohar's two-night stand at Asia Society New York. Tune into the live webcast on at 8:00 pm ET on Sat., 4/28.

Interview: 'Tina's Mouth' Author Has Graphic, Novel Take on Indian American Life

Budding existentialist Tina Malhotra is the heroine of 'Tina's Mouth.'

With the publication of Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary, Indian Americans now have a graphic novel heroine to call their own.

Ahmed Rashid: Afghan Taliban Don't See India as Their Enemy


A veteran observer of the Afghan Taliban argues that they're moderating their outlook ahead of likely ceasefire negotiations with the United States.

Vijay Vaitheeswaran: Move Nimbly, Be Open, Fail Gracefully [Interview/Video]

Vijay Vaitheeswaran at Asia Society New York on March 12, 2012.

The Economist's Vijay Vaitheeswaran offers his bracing prescriptions for what makes innovation in the 21st century.

Desai: On March 8, Remember Women's Rights Are Human Rights


Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai and a panel of experts offer thoughts to mark International Women's Day in 2012.

Interview: William Dalrymple and the 'Very Attractive' World of the Late Mughals

Historian, travel writer and journalist William Dalrymple reading from his collection

The acclaimed historian relates how he came to co-curate an Asia Society Museum exhibition, and explains his ongoing fascination with the late Mughal era.

Interview: Bhi Bhiman on Making Roots Music for the 21st Century

Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman. (Matthew Washburn)

How the son of Sri Lankan immigrant parents learns to play guitar and ends up being compared to Randy Newman.