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In Concert: Gingger Shankar, Dave Liang to Redefine Musical Mashup at Asia Society

Gingger Shankar (L) and Dave Liang (R), appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 4, 2011. (Courtesy artists' websites)

If you thought blending Chinese classical instrumental music with hip-hop and electronica was a rare treat, imagine combining that fusion with a blend of Indian classical and contemporary Western music.

That's exactly the idea behind Dave Liang and The Shanghai Restoration Project's appearance with Gingger Shankar this Friday, November 4 at Asia Society in New York.

Evan Osnos on 'Coal + Ice' (Plus More Stunning Photos)

YU HAIBO, Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China, 2007

Earlier today, Evan Osnos, the Beijing-based staff writer for The New Yorker (and the 2007 winner of the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia), wrote a blog post about the exhibit (and his fears for the health of anyone breathing Beijing's perpetually "hazardous" air).

Top Tweets about Ai Weiwei's Tax Bill


China has ordered dissident artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in back taxes and fines within 15 days, Ai announced today. In typical fashion, the outspoken artist — who was detained for nearly three months earlier ths year — took to Twitter to express his discontent. So did several others:

'Chindia Dialogues' Speaker Amitav Ghosh Featured on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

'River of Smoke' author Amitav Ghosh, appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 3, 2011. (Frederick Noronha/Flickr)

Discussing the background for his new book, the acclaimed historical novelist comments, "In general, the reality of the opium trade, the part it played in forming modern capitalism and the modern world, is just obscure and occluded."

What can China and India learn from one another?

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) during the opening of the BRICS summit meeting in Sanya, Hainan province, on April 14, 2011. (Nelson Ching/AFP/Getty Images)

That's the question we posed to participants in Asia Society's upcoming Asian Arts and Ideas Forum — called The Chindia Dialogues — which kicks off this Thursday and runs through Sunday at Asia Society New York. Click the headline to see their answers.


Interview: Jonathan Spence on the China-India Relationship

Yale University Sterling Professor of History Emeritus Jonathan Spence in Washington, DC in May 2010. (

Ahead of his November 3 Asia Society appearance, historian Jonathan Spence talks to Asia Blog about the historical nature of the Sino-Indian relationship and how the two countries may interact in the future.

In China, Staying a Step Ahead of the Censors

An image from Pi San's

A New York Times story profiles two activists who use gags, puns, and other tricks to defy China's notorious Internet controls.

New US-China Forum Sends Top American Artists to Beijing

Participants in the November 2011 US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture.

Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, Joel Coen, and Amy Tan are just some of the American cultural figures going to Beijing next month for four days of unprecedented cultural exchange.

Huntsman Woos Colbert in Mandarin, But 'Delivery' Joke Falls Flat

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman (L) talks to Stephen Colbert on the 'Colbert Report' October 24, 2011.

Republican presidential hopeful and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke Mandarin on Comedy Central's Colbert Report last night, but most media outlets reported on his would-be attempt at humor.

Ezra Vogel on Tiananmen and Deng Xiaoping

A file photo dated 25 Oct. 1987 shows China's late political patriarch Deng Xiaoping as he applauds during a session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People. (John Giannini/AFP/Getty Images)

Deng Xiaoping biographer Ezra Vogel discusses to what extent the Tiananmen Square incident tarnished Deng's record of reform.