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Category: Current Affairs

Interview: Journalist's 'Indus Republic' Tells a 'Ghost Story' About a Diminished River

The Indus River near Kalabagh, Pakistan. (arsalank2/Flickr)
Current Affairs

"Water is increasingly becoming a battlefront within Pakistan," says Karachi-based Osborn Elliott Prize finalist Alizeh Kohari. "It seems we're always confronted with the prospect of a deluge or a desert here."

Interview: Will Forced Urbanization in China Create a New 'Permanent Underclass'?

Rural residents pose in front of their new houses near the city of Anshun, Guizhou Province, in February 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

New York Times journalist Ian Johnson, a finalist for this year's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, discusses the double-edged sword of Chinese urbanization.

Video: Is China's Turn to Fracking a Reason to 'Ban it Everywhere Else?'

Mother Jones interactive producer Jaeah Lee at Asia Society New York on June 11, 2014.
Current AffairsSustainability

As energy consultants and journalists assess China's alternatives to burning coal, not everyone sees fracking as the solution to all its energy problems.

MTV World Head Envisions Pop Culture 'Global Community' in Asia Society Talk

Nusrat Durrani addressing Asia Society's 2014 Diversity Leadership Forum in New York City on June 9, 2014.
Current AffairsLifestyle

MTV World General Manager Nusrat Durrani opens up about being an "outsider in India" during keynote address at Asia Society's 2014 Diversity Leadership Forum.

'Quartz' Names New Top Editor — Watch His Recent Asia Society Appearance Here

Bobby Ghosh speaking at Asia Society New York on May 19, 2014. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Bobby Ghosh, new managing editor of Quartz, voiced concern about India's "absence of a voice on the left" at Asia Society New York last month.

Interview: What Costs Will Fracking Bring to China?

(James West)
Current AffairsSustainability

Fracking has some potential to offset China's dependence on coal, but already-burdened local communities will still bear the brunt of resulting costs. Panel discussion at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, June 11.

Interview: Louisa Lim on Tiananmen and China's 'Morality Crisis'

Louisa Lim (Leila Navidi)
Current Affairs

Louisa Lim, author of The People's Republic of Amnesia, says "we seem further than ever from any reevaluation of the killings of 1989."

Interview: What Does it Take to Be a Philanthropist in China?

John D. Rockefeller Sr. and John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1925. (Rockefeller Archive Center)
Current Affairs

Chinese philanthropy is growing rapidly but still isn't equipped to address long-term challenges, says the president of the China Medical Board. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York Thursday, June 5.

Tiananmen at 25: Looking Back on a Dark Day in China's History

A girl wounded during the clash between the army and students on June 4, 1989 near Beijing's Tiananmen Square is carried out by a cart. (Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Susan Jakes, editor of Asia Society's ChinaFile website, offers some recommended reading on this 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Microsoft Unveils Skype Speech Translator, But Don't Ditch Your Vocab Flash Cards

Current AffairsEducation

As a native Mandarin speaker and a diligent student of English and German, I can't help asking whether machine translation signals the obsolescence of learning a foreign language.