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Ai Weiwei's Detention a 'Shift Back to the Post-Tiananmen Square Atmosphere'

Melissa Chiu
Arts

Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu recently took part in a discussion featured on the New York Times' Room for Debate page entitled "Ai Weiwei and the Artist's Role in China."

Melissa Chiu: Ai Weiwei's 'Activism Different From His Art'

Pedestrians walk past a plainclothes policeman (R) standing in front of the entrance to the studio of outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing on April 8, 2011. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

Artlog Magazine published a roundtable discussion on the detained Chinese artist.

Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer to Launch New Album with Trio 'Tirtha' This Weekend at Asia Society

Tirtha. (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Arts Acclaimed Indian–American pianist–composer Vijay Iyer launches his new trio and album — both named Tirtha

Japan and the Art of Rebuilding

Members of Kodo, the famous Japanese taiko troupe, perform March 14, 2011 at the Asia Society in New York.
Arts

I learned about the enormous earthquake in my homeland via email. A number of my New York friends were immediately concerned about the safety of my family and friends in Japan. Luckily, I was able to get in touch with most of my closest relations by phone in less than an hour. Then I waited anxiously for my friends in Japan to respond to my emails.

Soon, responses from my acquaintances in Japan's art world poured into my inbox. They were shaken, but safe.

Video: USA Today On Emotional Kodo Drum Performance at Asia Society

Kodo performers at Asia Society in New York on March 14, 2011.
Arts

Kodo, the famous Japanese Taiko troupe, gave a rousing and heartfelt performance yesterday at the Asia Society in New York. The event was originally intended to celebrate Kodo's 30-year anniversary, but with the performers' minds focused on family and friends back home, the evening took on greater significance.

How to Spot a Persian and Other Observations: Comedian Maz Jobrani Tells It Like It Is

Maz Jobrani (R) at his Houston talk with Asia Society Texas Center's Sylvia Le (L) and Aliya Sabharwal (C) (World Affairs Council of Houston)
Arts

When performing for American audiences, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani offers helpful tips for distinguishing Iranians from Arabs. Jobrani says it's all in the accent. Iranians (preferred term being "Persian," which segues into a hilarious bit) speak with a casual, almost drawling, lilt while Arabs possess a decidedly more aggressive, rapid-fire elucidation. See the video.

Indians Worldwide Fondly Remember 'Uncle Pai'

Amar Chitra Katha's adaptation of the <em>Bhagavad Gita</em> is one of its perennial best-sellers.
Arts

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MUMBAI, February 28, 2011 - Anant Pai, creator of India's hugely popular Amar Chitra Katha comics, passed away here on February 24, at the age of 81.

Asia Society Salutes Jafar Panahi, Silenced Iranian Auteur

<i>Offside</i> (2006), directed by Jafar Panahi, screening at Asia Society New York on Feb. 26, 2011. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Arts

Iran's Jafar Panahi is honored with a retrospective at Asia Society New York. 

New Film 'Dhobi Ghat' Has Mumbaikars Buzzing

Poster art for Kiran Rao's <i>Dhobi Ghat</i> (2011).
Arts

A new film has Mumbaikars buzzing about the way they're portrayed onscreen.

UPDATE: Afghan Buddhist Site to be Spared Destruction

A statue, possibly of the Buddha, recovered at Mes Aynak where an international team of Afghan and French archaeologists are working to secure the site. (Joannie Meharry)
Arts

A new agreement by the Afghan government seeks to preserve the Buddhist archaeological site of Mes Aynak.