Another year coming to an end means another excuse to dig around our vast video archive on YouTube to see what Asia Society videos caught people's attention in 2015. Our most-watched 2015 productions are listed in order below, and one thing is clear — India videos won the year.
1. How India Is 'Speed Dating' World Powers Under Modi
On June 16, in a discussion on India’s foreign policy during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first year in office, former Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon explains how the new government’s desire for India to gain recognition as a global power has generated a new focus on improving relationships with other major powers. Menon also notes that the government lacks an overarching foreign policy strategy.
2. Kashmir and the Legacy of India's Partition
On June 15, during a conversation on the legacy of India’s 1947 partition, Bloomberg View editor and Midnight’s Furies author Nisid Hajari, former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Husain Haqqani, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria discuss the ongoing territorial dispute in Kashmir.
3. Announcing Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms
During a community event on July 21, Philippine Deputy Consul General Kira Azucena, Gala Benefit Committee Chair Loida Nicolas Lewis, and Ayala Museum Consulting Curator Dr. Nina Capistrano-Baker previewed the upcoming fall exhibition Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, along with the Asia Society's Tom Nagorski, Rachel Cooper, Adriana Proser, Josette Sheeran, and Peggy Loar.
4. How Modi Is 'Cooking Up' Policies Prepared by the Previous Indian Government
In another clip from the June 16 event on Modi's first year as India prime minsiter, former Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta argues that the new government’s major policy programs had actually been planned by the previous government. The major difference, Gupta says, is that the Modi government has functioned well enough to implement these policies.
5. The Great LOL of China E3: Roommates
In the summer of 2015, Asia Society's Education department launched a new bilingual video series. The Great LOL of China, made in conjunction with Asia Society's China Learning Initiatives, stars Beijing-based American comedian Jesse Appell. In this, the third episode, Jesse explores the complex Sino-American relationship, and how the two countries are like roommates that may not always like each other, but are stuck together nonetheless.
What video from the Asia Society did you enjoy the most in 2014 — and what kind of video content would you most like to see from us in the future? Tell us below.