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Interview: Qing Historian on Past Political Drama and Current Political Debate

Stephen R. Platt (Michael Lionstar)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom interviews 'Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom' author Stephen R. Platt.

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)
Arts

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.

Always a Pioneer, Artist Xu Bing Now Takes the Novel Beyond the Written Word

Sample pages from Xu Bing's
Arts

The Chinese artist's latest creation, Book from the Ground: From Point-to-Point, is a literally iconic work of fiction.

Interview: Hamid Dabashi Navigates 1400 Years of Persian Literary Tradition

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Arts

The Columbia University scholar discusses the theories of "literary humanism" advanced in his new book. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Thursday, November 29.

Bill Gates: Who's Beating the US in Education, and What We Do About It

Bill Gates at the
Education

A look at how other nations beat out American schools and some advice from Bill Gates.

Gallery/Interview: Howard French Gets Intimate Look at China's Characters

From the cover of 'Chinese Characters' — photographed in Kashgar (Xinjiang), China. (Howard French)
Multimedia

The former Pulitzer-nominated New York Times correspondent bridges cultural barriers to take striking portraits of Chinese people.

Book Excerpt: 'The Story of My Assassins' by Tarun Tejpal

Tarun J. Tejpal (R), author of 'The Story of My Assassins.' (Shailendra Pandey)
Arts

In this excerpt from a tense new Indian crime thriller, a crusading journalist's life comes under threat. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on October 4, 2012.

Interview: Peter Hessler on His Surprising First Trip to China

Peter Hessler in his apartment in Fuling, China, in the fall of 1996 shortly after he arrived. His apartment looked down to the Wu River and then the Yangtze in the distance. The main city of Fuling is visible to the left, at the juncture of the rivers.
Lifestyle

You probably know Peter Hessler from his acclaimed books on China, but you may not be aware that it was "happenstance" that led him to the country in the first place.

Interview: Author Blaine Harden on North Korea's Gulags

Blaine Harden and his new book 'Escape From Camp 14.' (Blaine Harden photo by Blake Chambliss)
Policy

Author Blaine Harden discusses his new book, Escape from Camp 14, and the future of North Korea's notorious labor camps.

Re-Reading Pearl Buck's 'The Good Earth'

Pearl S. Buck's 'The Good Earth' was published in 1931 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1932. Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
Arts

The 1931 novel has its faults, but it deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone heading to the Chinese countryside for the first time who wants to know a bit about the history of Chinese peasant life, writes Maura Cunningham.