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Interview: Writer Tao Lin on 'Remaining a Stranger' Wherever He Goes

Author Tao Lin poses in front of the produce section at New York City grocery store. (Tao Lin)

Controversial author discusses visiting Taiwan, plans for his next novel, and drawing mandalas while stoned in his room.

Interview: Vietnamese-American Poet on Challenging the ‘Dominant Discourses Regarding Race' in the US

Vietnamese American spoken artist and social activist Bao Phi. (AnRong Xu)

Spoken word artist and social activist Bao Phi says privileged Asian American activists need to "illuminate the least privileged in our own communities."

Video: 'Artful Recluse' Showcases Chinese Painting and Poetry of a Turbulent Time


Asia Society Museum's latest exhibition explores the concept of reclusion in Chinese art shaped by political and social changes in China during the 17th century.

Interview: The Story Behind 'Poetry of the Taliban'

A young Afghan boy smells a flower in the Oshay Bazaar, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, April 26, 2011. (DVIDSHUB/Flickr)

Two Kandahar-based researchers have complied an anthology of poems by the Afghan Taliban exploring a wide range of themes from "unrequited love and bloody vengeance" to "religion and nationalism, even a desire for non-violence."

Asia Society Celebrates 100 Years of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

L to R: Sameer, Sabir, Tahira Syed and Azhar Hussain at Asia Society New York on Oct. 1, 2011. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

"Have you ever paid attention to Faiz's prose? Faiz's prose is very polished and has a lot of depth."

So began legendary Pakistani actor Zia Mohyeddin this past Saturday at a centennial celebration honoring eminent Pakistani poet and intellectual Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) at Asia Society New York.

Video: Fahimda Riaz Brings Down the House at Asia Society


One of Pakistan's most revered poets slays the crowd at Asia Society's mushaira. 

Interview: Waqas Khwaja, The Translator as Ambassador

Detail of cover art for <i>Modern Poetry of Pakistan</i> (Dalkey Archive, 2011).

In Pakistan, explains Waqas Khwaja, being a poet has always entailed a special responsibility.

What's Urdu for Poetry Slam? Mushaira!

Rocking the mic at the Mughal court, circa mid-1800s: Mushaira scene from the film <em>Mirza Ghalib</em> (1954).

A classical tradition comes to life for one night at the Asia Society New York.