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Why Jack Ma Is More Forrest Gump Than Steve Jobs

Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba is one of the world's most successful businessmen. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

From failed college exams to filing for an IPO, 'Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built' details the famous businessman's rise to the top.

Dragons, Worms, and Why China's Slowdown Is 'No Reason to Panic'

Asian Development Bank Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei speaks at Asia Society in New York on April 8, 2016. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The Asian Development Bank's chief economist says China's growth slowdown is to be expected, but there are a few things it should do to increase productivity.

From 'Degenerate' Fears to Cult Violence: How an Ancient Buddhist Belief Impacted Japan Across Eight Centuries

An Aum Shinrikyo follower meditates before portraits of leader Shoko Asahara and his two sons posted on an altar at a seminary of a Tokyo building on August 11, 1999. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A widely held belief in Kamakura era Japan of a sick and degenerating world was reinterpreted by a violent doomsday cult eight centuries later.

#TBT: After Half a Century, Shinto Deity Returns to Asia Society Museum

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg view The Shinto Deity Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the opening of the Asia Society Museum exhibition Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, February 2016. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

For "Throwback Thursday," we reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A Kamakura period Japanese sculpture on display twice at Asia Society, 56 years apart. 

'Paradise Interrupted' — Bringing Chinese Tradition Onto the Contemporary Stage

Soprano opera singer Qian Yi in front of the unique and intricate set of 'Paradise Interrupted' which is partially made of paper. (Lincoln Center Festival/Lihe Xiao)
Arts

Director Jennifer Wen Ma and composer Huang Ruo present a hybrid between traditional opera and an art installation piece.

How to Track China's Economic Health

Veteran China-watchers explain what things they look for when monitoring China's economy. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

There's a lot to dissect beyond slowing GDP growth.

'A Blank Page Is Never Empty'

Performer Karen Kandel as 'papermaker' in 'Recycling: Washi Tales.' (Valerie Oliveiro)
Arts

Exploring the art of paper-making and storytelling through literal and metaphorical recycling.

The Arrival of Chinese-Style Nationalism in American Politics

The outcome of the Presidential election will have profound effects on U.S.-China relations. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

This election season observers note that candidates are touting an American-branded type of nationalism reminiscent of the Chinese while on the campaign trail.

#TBT: In 2010, Cosplayers Descend on Asia Society

On October 15, 2010, audience members join Japanese singer Reni Mimura onstage for a performance during a cosplay competition at Asia Society in New York. (Elaine Merguerian/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A 2010 cosplay competition at Asia Society in New York.

The Medieval Art Form Behind Modern Japanese Cinema

Arts

How the centuries-old "Noh" tradition influenced directors like Akira Kurosawa.