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Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

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

Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman. (Matthew Washburn)
Arts

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

Video: John C. Whitehead Says Still 'Lots of Work' for Asia Society To Do

John C. Whitehead (L) receives his award from Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Jay Michael Evans (R) at Asia Society's Awards Dinner in New York on Jan. 11, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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On the eve of his 90th birthday, former U.S. Under Secretary of State John C. Whitehead was recognized for his career in public life at Asia Society's 2011 Awards Dinner, held last night at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Video: David Henry Hwang Receives Asia Society Cultural Achievement Award

Playwright David Henry Hwang accepts his Cultural Achievement Award from Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner Vice Chair Lulu Wang at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Jan. 11, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Playwright, screenwriter and librettist David Henry Hwang accepted a Cultural Achievement Award at Asia Society's 2011 Awards Dinner in New York last night with a witty, self-deprecating speech in which he thanked Asia Society for its longstanding support for his work.

Photos: Notable Names on Hand for Asia Society's Screening with Michelle Yeoh

L to R: Wendi Murdoch, Michelle Yeoh and Amy Chua, author of
Arts

In pictures: artists, auteurs and other notables turn out for Asia Society's screening of The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh.

Wall Street Journal Stokes Anticipation for Asia Society Museum's Sarah Sze Exhibit

Installation view of
Arts

Asia Society Museum's latest exhibition received a high-profile blast of publicity over the weekend with a preview of Sarah Sze: Infinite Line in the Wall Street Journal.

Photos: Michelle Yeoh Transforms Into Aung San Suu Kyi, 'The Lady'

Michelle Yeoh stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in
Arts

Photos from Michelle Yeoh's new movie, The Lady, show her striking resemblance to the icon she plays, Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award Winner Peers 'Behind the Curtain' in China

Tuong Vu, Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Richard McGregor at Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book Award luncheon in New York City on Dec. 1, 2011. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

In New York last Thursday, Financial Times journalist Richard McGregor received Asia Society's 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award for The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, an honor for which he was presented a $20,000 prize at an Asia Society luncheon.

Photo: Obama, in Bali, Reconsiders Position on Colorful Shirts Issue

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) wearing Indonesian traditional clothes attend the gala dinner during the East Asia Summit in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Nov. 18, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Veteran observers of the Asia Pacific scene were heartened no end this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama appeared at the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia looking resplendent in an embroidered Indonesian dress shirt.

Obama wore the shirt, a stylish dark green number with orange accents, to an official state dinner in Nusa Dua on Friday, November 18. He was joined by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other Asia Pacific leaders, all clad in traditional Indonesian dress shirts.

New Asia Foundation Afghanistan Survey to Launch in New York on Friday

An Afghan man being interviewed in his home in Panjshir, approximately 60 miles from Kabul, for the Asia Foundation survey
Policy

Tomorrow morning in New York City, Asia Society hosts a launch event for the new Asia Foundation survey Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Slideshow: Sober Suits, Not Hawaiian Shirts, Define 2011 APEC Summit

L to R, bottom: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. L to R, top: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, Mexican Trade Minister Bruno Ferrari and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in the APEC group photo on Nov. 13, 2011 in Honolulu, HI. (Kent Nishimura - Pool/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Veteran Asia-Pacific watchers were deprived of a beloved tradition in Honolulu this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama decreed that attendees at the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit wouldn't be required to wear aloha shirts for the Summit's main photo op.