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China's Next Leaders: A Guide to What's at Stake

A paramilitary police officer collects the Chinese national flag during the flag-lowering ceremony at Tiananmen Square on November 13, 2012. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

Figuring out how to transfer power at the top in the absence of an open and legitimate leadership selection process is the biggest political challenge China faces.

Video: Former US Ambassador Says 'China Expertise' an 'Oxymoron'

 Two soldiers dressed as ushers guard in front of a curtain during a meeting of the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord discusses the "perils of prediction" when it comes to China's leadership.

Orville Schell: Beijing on Edge as It Gropes Way Toward New Leadership

Beijing's Tiananmen Square, photographed in October 2012. (duggadugdug/Flickr)
Policy

With no script and no "big leader" in place for China's next act, both officials and ordinary citizens are in the grip of deep unease about the future.

Book Excerpt: 'Another Swimmer' by Xujun Eberlein (from 'Chinese Characters')

'Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land' (2012), edited by Angilee Shah and Jeffrey Wasserstrom. (University of California Press)

In this excerpt from a new anthology co-edited by Angilee Shah and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, researching a family tragedy brings back memories of the Cultural Revolution. Book event at Asia Society New York on Monday, September 17.

The Rehabilitation of Pearl Buck

Pearl S. Buck by Freeman Elliot. Oil on canvas, 1964. (Pearl S. Buck International)
Arts

We revisit the history of writer Pearl Buck, who catapulted into international celebrity (and a Nobel Prize in Literature) virtually overnight from obscurity and semi-poverty.

Movie Review: How an American Became a 'Revolutionary' in Mao's China

Mao Zedong signs Sidney Rittenberg's copy of the Little Red Book at a gathering of Party leaders during the Cultural Revolution. (Personal Collection of Sidney Rittenberg)
Arts

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the new documentary about Sidney Rittenberg, an American who was also once a full-fledged member of the Chinese Communist Party.

Watch: A Clip From Wang GongXin's Video Installation 'My Sun'

A still from Wang GongXin's 'My Sun,' a video installation on display at Asia Society Museum in New York through August 5, 2012.

View a sneak peek of the Asia Society Museum exhibition that "explores the rise of individualism in modern Chinese society."

How Much Credit for China's Rise Goes to Richard Nixon?

Chinese President Mao Zedong shake hands with Richard Nixon after their meeting in Beijing, China on February 22, 1972 during Nixon's official visit to China. (AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In advance of a screening of a new documentary about coverage of Nixon's historic 1972 visit to China, we asked Mike Chinoy, Orville Schell and Max Frankel what that trip meant to the country's future.

Interview: Frank Dikötter, Author of 'Mao's Great Famine' [UPDATED]

Frank Dikötter, author of 'Mao's Great Famine.' (Hong Kong University)
Policy

The author of Mao's Great Famine, which was a runner-up in the 2011 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award, spoke with Asia Blog about China, famine, and why the Great Leap Forward doesn't get enough attention. He also has a few choice words for The New Yorker's Pankaj Mishra.

Does a New Biography Tell the Whole Story on Deng Xiaoping?

Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997).
Policy

Deng Xiaoping once appraised the rule of his predecessor as China's paramount leader, Mao Zedong, as being "70 percent positive and 30 percent negative". How would Deng's own performance in office be assessed?  A new biography by the Harvard professor Ezra Vogel attempts to answer this question, through using (fortunately) more sophisticated tools than mere mathematical formulae.