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Video: How Much Is That 'Spider Butterfly' in the Window?

Korean artist U-Ram Choe's 'Unicus-Cavum ad initium' sculpture lives inside a street widow at Asia Society Museum. We asked people what they thought of this curious creature.
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A flying, metal, spider-like creature is probably the last thing you’d expect to see displayed in a window near Manhattan's Park Avenue, but walk past Asia Society Museum and that's just what you'll find. We took our cameras to street to record the impressions of passersby. Click the headline to watch the video.

Video: Chinese Author Murong Xuecun Talks Government (and Self) Censorship

Chinese author Murong Xuecun speaks during the Chindia Dialogues at Asia Society in New York on Sunday, November 6, 2011. (Elsa Ruiz)
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Before he was featured on the front page of the New York Times, the 37-year-old novelist spoke at Asia Society in New York. Click the headline to read and watch.

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)
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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.

Asia Society-Supported Group Kampung Halaman Receives White House Award

Photo by Steven Purcell
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Kampung Halaman, an Indonesian non-profit organization that fosters the use of audiovisual media in community- and youth-centered projects, received an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in Washington, DC yesterday. Asia Society, in partnership with the Asian Cultural Council, was instrumental in bringing the group to U.S. government officials' attention.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom on Yu Hua's 'China in Ten Words'

Yu Hua (Courtesy of Fabrica)
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Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the latest work by Chinese author Yu Hua, who participates in Asia Society New York's Chindia Dialogues this week.

In Concert: Gingger Shankar, Dave Liang to Redefine Musical Mashup at Asia Society

Gingger Shankar (L) and Dave Liang (R), appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 4, 2011. (Courtesy artists' websites)
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If you thought blending Chinese classical instrumental music with hip-hop and electronica was a rare treat, imagine combining that fusion with a blend of Indian classical and contemporary Western music.

That's exactly the idea behind Dave Liang and The Shanghai Restoration Project's appearance with Gingger Shankar this Friday, November 4 at Asia Society in New York.

Top Tweets about Ai Weiwei's Tax Bill

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China has ordered dissident artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in back taxes and fines within 15 days, Ai announced today. In typical fashion, the outspoken artist — who was detained for nearly three months earlier ths year — took to Twitter to express his discontent. So did several others:

'Chindia Dialogues' Speaker Amitav Ghosh Featured on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

'River of Smoke' author Amitav Ghosh, appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 3, 2011. (Frederick Noronha/Flickr)
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Discussing the background for his new book, the acclaimed historical novelist comments, "In general, the reality of the opium trade, the part it played in forming modern capitalism and the modern world, is just obscure and occluded."

What can China and India learn from one another?

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) during the opening of the BRICS summit meeting in Sanya, Hainan province, on April 14, 2011. (Nelson Ching/AFP/Getty Images)
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That's the question we posed to participants in Asia Society's upcoming Asian Arts and Ideas Forum — called The Chindia Dialogues — which kicks off this Thursday and runs through Sunday at Asia Society New York. Click the headline to see their answers.

 

Interview: Jonathan Spence on the China-India Relationship

Yale University Sterling Professor of History Emeritus Jonathan Spence in Washington, DC in May 2010. (neh.gov)
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Ahead of his November 3 Asia Society appearance, historian Jonathan Spence talks to Asia Blog about the historical nature of the Sino-Indian relationship and how the two countries may interact in the future.