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Busman's Holiday: A Young China Scholar Takes Americans on Tour

Song of Friendship (友谊之歌), 1979. (

University of Pennsylvania professor and China specialist Arthur Waldron recounts his first trip into China in 1981, when he was a simple tour guide for a group of U.S. tourists.

Movie Review: How an American Became a 'Revolutionary' in Mao's China

Mao Zedong signs Sidney Rittenberg's copy of the Little Red Book at a gathering of Party leaders during the Cultural Revolution. (Personal Collection of Sidney Rittenberg)

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the new documentary about Sidney Rittenberg, an American who was also once a full-fledged member of the Chinese Communist Party.

Going, Going, Gone: Five of Asia's Most Endangered Languages

Japanese tourist with two Ainu in Hokkaido, date unknown. (Sgt. Steiner/Flickr)

Meet the "hairy Ainu" of Japan, Taiwan's Saaroa, the Kusunda of Nepal, the last Manchus and the Jarawa of India's Andaman Islands.

Powerless Media=Powerless Citizens, Says China Youth Daily Editorial

A Chinese policeman stops photojournalists from taking pictures in Beijing. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Tapping into widespread public frustration with corruption among government officials, advocates of press freedom in China seem to have found an effective tool with which to ally citizens to the journalistic cause.

Interview: New Website Tracks China's Air Pollution in Pictures


China Air Daily, a new site from Asia Society's China Green project, allows users to view daily photographs of the skies of China's major cities instead of having to plow through lists of statistical data (but if you like statistical data, it has plenty of that, as well).

China's Shark Fin Soup Ban Draws Contrasting Reactions on Weibo, Twitter

Fresh shark fins drying on sidewalk in Hong Kong on September 27, 2011. (cloneofsnake/Flickr)
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Users of Chinese and Western social media speak out on an announced ban on consumption of shark fin soup at Chinese government banquets. 

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.

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.

Watch: China's Bo Xilai Scandal in Less Than 18 Minutes

Screen capture from the Wall Street Journal's new documentary 'Bo Xilai: Inside the Scandal.' (

The Wall Street Journal takes a look back at the rise and fall of Bo Xilai with a short documentary by Josh Chin. 

Watch: Interviews With Some of Hong Kong's 400,000 July 1 Protesters

Protesters wearing masks of Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying and a Chinese style prisoner shackle take part in a demonstration calling for universal suffrage in Hong Kong on July 1, 2012. (Aaron Tam/AFP/GettyImages)

An estimates 400,000 Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest on the 15th anniversary of the city's handover to China. Hong Kong-based journalist Helene Franchineau talked to several of them.

Following the Money: Inside Family Assets of Incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping shares a toast during a state dinner at the Iowa State Capitol on February 15, 2012 in Des Moines, IA. (Andrea Melendez/AFP/Getty Images)

Bloomberg News has posted a detailed look at the financials of Xi Jinping, soon to be China's new President, and his extended family.