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Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

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.

Photo of the Day: Shishi Odoshi, or 'Scare the Deer'

Multimedia

The teahouse at the Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on April 23, 2010. (Larry Thompson)

Amitav Ghosh: Oil, Opium and the Religion of Free Trade

Jonathan Spence (L) and Amitav Ghosh (R) at Asia Society New York on Nov. 3, 2011. (Suzanna Finlay)
Arts

UPDATE: Jay Corcoran filmed some behind the scenes interviews with Amitav Ghosh, Jonathan Spence and members of the audience. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch.)

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The relevance of past to present took center stage at Asia Society last night, when historical novelist Amitav Ghosh drew a provocative parallel between the Opium Wars of the 1830s and the present day.

New US-China Forum Sends Top American Artists to Beijing

Participants in the November 2011 US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture.
Arts

Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, Joel Coen, and Amy Tan are just some of the American cultural figures going to Beijing next month for four days of unprecedented cultural exchange.

Asia Society Documentary Series 'Visions of a New China' Garners Media Acclaim

Still from <i>Floating</i> (Huang Weikai, 2005), screening Oct. 21 at Asia Society New York.
Arts

Launched this past Sunday, Asia Society New York's nine-film, month-long documentary series Visions of a New China is enjoying the attention of both the mainstream and more specialized cinephile press. The New York Times featured it in the Sunday, Sept. 25 Arts & Leisure section, where "Week Ahead" columnist Neil Genzlinger wrote:

Free Admission to Asia Society Museum Saturday, Sept. 24

Asia Society Museum is located at Park Avenue and East 70th Street in New York City. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
Arts

As part of national Museum Day, this Saturday, September 24, Asia Society Museum is offering free admission for two to anyone with an official Museum Day ticket.

Sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day is an annual event in which participating museums across the U.S. allow free admission for two people with a Museum Day ticket. For complete details, and to download a ticket, click on the links below:

Interview: Author Tahmima Anam Asks, Who Is the 'Good' Muslim?

Tahmima Anam, author of <i>The Good Muslim</i>. (Zahedul I. Khan)
Arts

Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam won worldwide acclaim for her 2007 novel A Golden Age, the first volume in a planned "Bengal Trilogy" that follows one family from the period just before Bangladesh's war for independence, in 1971, through the subsequent decades.

Asia Society Remembers Bangladeshi Director Tareque Masud, 1956-2011

<i>Clay Bird</i> director Tareque Masud (R) wins the prize for best script with his wife Catherine Masud (L) at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Marrakesh International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco on Sept. 22, 2002. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Arts

Asia Society notes with sadness the passing of Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud, who was killed in a traffic accident near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 13, at the age of 54.