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The Hysterical World of Professional Funeral Mourners

Professional mourner Hu Xinglian works a funeral in China's southwestern city of Chongqing on June 1, 2011. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

A new play in Los Angeles centers around a hysterical — but traditional — custom that is found all over Asia.

From Chairman Mao to Kung Fu Panda: Wu Man Reflects on Playing the Pipa

Musician Wu Man holds her pipa. (Stephen Kahn)
ArtsEducation

The acclaimed traditional Chinese musician discusses learning her craft amid the Cultural Revolution, and how she's sought to bridge cultures through music.

The Surprising China Roots of Grammy Winner Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn (Regina Folk Festival 2008/Flickr)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

The folk musician's relationship with the Asian country predates her musical career.

Senior Japanese Official: North Korea a 'Crying Baby'

Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama discussed East Asian security and economics in conversation with Asia Society Policy Institute Kevin Rudd. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama, who appeared on Wednesday at Asia Society, also explained why China's economic slowdown is "not good for anybody."

Is Japan's Commitment to Pacifism Wavering?

Critics fear that the legislative changes made to Article 9 last November will lead to the swift remilitarization of Japan. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Despite legislative changes introduced by Shinzo Abe last year, observers say the country is unlikely to remilitarize.

'I Don't Want to Think About Activating Change': NYT's David Barboza on Reporting in China

David Barboza (R) receives an award from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger at the annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama, and Music Winners Luncheon at Columbia University on May 30, 2013 in New York City. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times China correspondent discusses the aftermath of his revelatory report on the wealth of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and how he strives not to be an activist in his reporting.

#TBT: In 2001, 'Floating Box' Explores the Stories of Chinatown

A scene from 'Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown' in 2001. (Jack Vartoogian)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: a 2001 chamber opera depicting a Chinese immigrant family in America. 

How Taiwan's Election Highlights the 'Failure' of China's Cross-Strait Strategy

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou wave to journalists prior to a meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7, 2015. It was the first time in nearly seven decades that the top leaders of China and Taiwan met. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Since 2008, Beijing has tried to bring Taipei closer through increased economic and people exchanges. But the recent vote on the island suggests this approach isn't working.

#TBT: In 2014, Mandarin Students Show Off Their Singing Chops

Students from Riverview International Academy perform at the 2014 National Chinese Language Conference on May 8, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Current AffairsEducation

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: A performance from the 2014 National Chinese Language Conference in Los Angeles.

#TBT: In 1929, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Stands Atop the Great Wall

John D. Rockefeller 3rd (far left), Professor Joseph Perkins Chamberlain of Columbia University (center), Hobart Young (second from right), and an unidentified man and woman on the Great Wall of China in 1929. (The Rockefeller Archive Center)
Current Affairs

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: the 1929 trip that would later inspire the founding of Asia Society.