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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.

In China, Staying a Step Ahead of the Censors

An image from Pi San's
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A New York Times story profiles two activists who use gags, puns, and other tricks to defy China's notorious Internet controls.

New US-China Forum Sends Top American Artists to Beijing

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

Video: U-Ram Choe's Mesmerizing Animatronic Sculpture, 'Guardian of the Hole'

U-Ram Choe's 'Guardian of the Hole,' on display at Asia Society Museum in New York through December 31, 2011.
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For Asia Society Museum, Korean artist U-Ram Choe has created a kinetic, seal-like creature that appears to be breathing while dozens of intricate "wings," leaf-like and gold in color, flutter above him.

Video: Song and Dance, the Mongolian Way

(Naranzogt Tschuluun)
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Mongolia literally takes center stage at Asia Society New York this Friday, October 28th, when the Mongolia National Horse-head Fiddle Ensemble appears as part of the program Music and Dance from Mongolia.

The Economist Hails Gandhara Exhibition's 'Unusual East-West Syncretism'

Vision of a Buddha’s paradise. Mohammed Nari, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 4th century CE Schist H. 46 7/8 x W. 38 3/16 x D. 11 in. (119 x 97 x 28 cm). Lahore Museum, G-155
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Some of the first human images of Buddha first appeared in Pakistan, notes The Economist in its October 20 feature "The beauty of ancient globalization," covering Asia Society Museum's much talked-about exhibition The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara, on view through October 30.

Not Your Father's Confucius

Visitors to the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, react to a sculpture of Confucius by artist Zhang Huan. (Rockbund Art Museum)
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For the better part of two millennia, Confucius and his ideas of social harmony and responsibility have been venerated throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. As these countries confronted the challenges of modernity in the 20th century, however, people began to look critically at the legacy of the sage from Lu.