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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)

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

Video: 5 Areas of Change to Look for Under China's New Leadership

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping walks past Chinese President Hu Jintao (front left), former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (front right) and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (front right) during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on November 8, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

As China ushers in a new generation of leaders, Hamid Biglari, Head of Emerging Markets at Citicorp, discusses topics that should be at the top of Xi Jinping's to-do list.

We Asked Our Experts: What Does Obama's Re-Election Mean for Asia?

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How is a second term for the Obama administration likely to affect relations with China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — to name just some of the Asian nations that have featured most prominently in recent headlines? Click to read commentary from Asia Society experts.

Interview: International Writing Head Christopher Merrill on a World-Class Legacy

L: Author Hualing Nieh as a young girl in mainland China. R: Hualing (R) with Hong Kong documentary filmmaker Angie Chen (R), director of 'One Tree Three Lives,' about Hualing's life and career.

The current head of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program reflects on the "incalculable good" Hualing Nieh has contributed to world literature. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Saturday, November 10.

Video: Why We Know So Little About China's Leadership Change and Its Next Leader

Chinese President Hu Jintao (Front) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (Back) attend the banquet marking the 63th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 29, 2012 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

As the United States votes for its next president, China, too, is preparing for a leadership change — although much less is known about that process, which begins Thursday with the start of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Orville Schell attempts to shed light on this opaque political exercise.

Photos/Interview: Portraits of Cambodian Diaspora, from Cali to The Bronx

Shorty, 28, Killing Fields tattoo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2011. (Pete Pin)

Cambodian American photographer Pete Pin is on a mission to document the lives and stories of refugees who left Cambodia at the end of the killing fields and settled in America.

Photos/Interview: Jonathan Raa Takes a Close Look at Mumbai's Trash

A view of Manori creek after the Navratri (None Nights) Festival.  (Jonathan Raa)

A Belgian photographer hopes that his photo series on Mumbai's trash will provoke residents to take action.

A Farewell Message From Outgoing Asia Society President Vishakha Desai [Video]

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's final day at Asia Society is August 29, 2012. She joined the organization 22 years ago.

On her final day at Asia Society, outgoing president Vishakha Desai looks back on her 22-year tenure with the organization.

Interview: A Video for Chinese People 'Concerned About the Air They Breathe'


After months of documenting China's air quality, Asia Society's China Air Daily project will now take its findings to an international photography festival in China's Shanxi Province.

Interview: Punk Music and Protest in China and Russia

Wu Hao, guitarist for Beijing-based indie-punk band SUBS, performs at the Zebra Music Festival in Chengdu, May 2009. (Josh Chin/Flickr)

Fascinating things happen, the Pussy Riot trial reminds us, when music is used to give the finger to a stagnant government — especially an authoritarian one.