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An Iranian youth listens to music as he walks through central Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Ian Bremmer: 'I See Only One Country in the World That Has a Global Strategy Today, and It's Not America. It's China'

Ian Bremmer (L) and Kevin Rudd in discussion at Asia Society New York on May 27, 2015. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current AffairsPolicy

In a far-ranging exchange of ideas, Ian Bremmer and Kevin Rudd discussed the need for U.S. leaders to commit to a coherent foreign policy strategy as China gains influence and as other nations, particularly in Asia, hedge their alliances.

Interview: 'You Can’t Let Fear Make Decisions For You,' Says Chinese Student Who Penned Tiananmen Letter

People’s Liberation Army tanks stand guard on Chang’an Avenue in Beijing on June 6, 1989, two days after soldiers opened fire on civilians. (Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty)
Current Affairs

The author of an open letter condemning the Communist Party’s cover up of the 1989 Beijing massacre discusses youth activism and the political environment in China.

Interview: Top Chef Winner Mei Lin on Fighting 'Submissive' Asian Stereotypes in the Kitchen

Top Chef winner Mei Lin. (Bravo TV)
Current AffairsFood & Recipes

Mei Lin discusses why her parents opposed her becoming a chef and shares some of her favorite dishes.

Interview: Bloomberg's Tom Lasseter on the 'Immense Value' of In-Depth Reporting on Asia

K. Shobha (left) and K. Krishna stand beside a portrait of their daughter, Kasarla Rishitha Reddy, who was among those killed in the Beas River flood. (Tom Lasseter/Bloomberg)
Current AffairsSustainability

Bloomberg News reporter and co-winner of the 2015 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia reflects on reporting from Iraq, Russia, China, and India.

Photo of the Day: Neon Sensory Overload in Japan

Neon lights and bright colors assail the senses at Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan on May 14, 2015. (Daniel Galleguillos/Flickr)
Multimedia

Neon lights and bright colors assail the senses at Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan on May 14, 2015. (Daniel Galleguillos/Flickr)

#TBT: Bill Clinton Speaks at Asia Society's Annual Dinner in 2003

2003 Osborn Elliott Prize winner Elisabeth Rosenthal (L) with, from left, Joe Klein, former Asia Society Chairman Richard Holbrooke and President Bill Clinton. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: Bill Clinton speaks at Asia Society's Annual Dinner in 2003.

Interview: Andrew Lam, From Heartbroken Vietnamese Refugee to Best-Selling Author

Vietnamese American author Andrew Lam. (Andrew Lam)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

Vietnamese American author recounts how he forced himself to confront the carnage, heartbreak, and marginalization of his childhood through writing.

Photo of the Day: Tiny Mao Statues in China

Tiny souvenir statues of Mao and others on sale at the Dongtai Lu Antique Market in Shanghai, China on April 19, 2015. (Joan Campderros-i-Canas/Flickr)
Multimedia

Tiny souvenir statues of Mao and others on sale at the Dongtai Lu Antique Market in Shanghai, China on April 19, 2015. (Joan Campderros-i-Canas/Flickr)

Interview: Harry Shum, Jr. on Demanding Roles and 'Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable'

Harry Shum, Jr. (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
Arts

Harry Shum, Jr. discusses his "most complex character" yet in the upcoming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.

Video: California Bathhouse Preserves a Japanese American Legacy

The Miyazaki Bathhouse. (Eugene Phillips)
Current Affairs

A short film recalls the Japanese American legacy on the West Coast and how the Miyazaki Bathhouse seeks to preserve and build upon it.