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Interview: Novelist Hari Kunzru on Mo Yan, Misogyny and National Indentity

Hari Kunzru at a book signing of his novel
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"I consider Indians writing in English as writers, first and foremost," says award-winning author and journalist Hari Kunzru. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10.

Interview: Novelist Manu Joseph Explores Family Happiness, 'Illicit' and Otherwise

Novelist Manu Joseph at the World's Literature Festival in Norwich, England on June 23, 2011. (Writers' Centre Norwich/Flickr)
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Award-winning novelist Manu Joseph says of his latest book, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, "I haven't made up anything." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10 and at Asia Society Texas Center on January 15.

Politics and the Chinese Language: What Mo Yan's Defenders Get Wrong

The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan of China reads during a public reading of his works at Aula Magna, at Stockholm University, on December 9, 2012. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
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The New York Review of Books' Perry Link re-enters the energetic debate over the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

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As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

Unlikely Harvest: An Arts Festival in Rural China Beats the Odds

A string of LED lights designed for the Harvestival by Taiwanese architect Teng Hai lit the alleyways of Bishan, providing the village with its first street light. The light remained on for three days before it was ordered turned off. (Leah Thompson)
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An innovative photography festival comes to rural Anhui province in China — until the local authorities have other ideas. Can the show still go on?

Why Critics of Chinese Nobel Prize-Winner Mo Yan Are Just Plain Wrong

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan poses for photographers before giving a press conference in Stockholm on December 6, 2012. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan may have made some disappointing choices in public life, argues Charles Laughlin, but his fiction wasn't written to serve a political agenda.

Photos: In Kabul, a New National Museum for Afghanistan Starts to Take Shape

The design submitted by the Spanish firm AV62 Arquitectos SLP, above, won the International Architectural Ideas Competition for the new design for the National Museum of Afghanistan. (U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan/Flickr)
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After decades of neglect (and worse), a Kabul home for Afghanistan's cultural heritage has a new lease on life.

Book Excerpt: 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' by Manu Joseph

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"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," begins a certain other novel. How is other people's happiness "illicit?" Join the Chackos family in their quest for happiness in 1980s Madras. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10, 2013.

Interview: Oscar Shortlisted Filmmaker Alison Klayman on Stumbling Onto Ai Weiwei

A poster from Alison Klayman's documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei,
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“The Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012 was really the first time I’ve ever been to a film festival,” the first-time director admits.

Interview: Tokyo Photographer Reaches New Heights in 'Levitation' Self-Portraits

Natsumi Hayashi levitates in front of a public drinking fountain in her image
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Japanese photographer Natsumi Hayashi redefines "levitation" photography in her ongoing self-portrait project.