What Were the Five Most-Watched Asia Society Videos in 2014?

With the year coming to an end, we looked at all our 2014 videos in order to find out what our viewers watched the most over the past 12 months on YouTube. Our channel's viewing numbers show that the five most-watched Asia Society videos in 2014 covered all our core pillars: arts, education, business, and policy. From Australia to Iran, our five most-watched videos boast some big names discussing some grand ideas, so take a look:

 

Takuya Kuroda Concert Highlights

On March 8, jazz trumpeter/composer Takuya Kuroda and his ensemble enthralled crowds at Asia Society New York with a performance commemorating the release of Kuroda's Blue Note Records debut, Rising Son.

 

Kevin Rudd: Learning Chinese Is a 'Doorway to Understanding'

On May 8, during the keynote address of Asia Society's 2014 National Chinese Language Conference, former Australian Prime Minister and incoming Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd, who speaks fluent Mandarin, cautions against five commonly held misperceptions of China and speaks of language as "a doorway to understanding."

 

Jack Ma: 'Small Is Beautiful, Small Is Powerful'

In October Asia Society launched the Asia Game Changer Awards, which are meant to identify and honor public figures who are making a positive contribution to the future of Asia. For history-making business and philanthropy in China, Alibaba founder Jack Ma was named Asia Society's inaugural Asia Game Changer of the Year. In his acceptance speech at the October 16 award ceremony, Ma recounts his company's rise from modest beginnings and concludes with the homily, "Keep your dream alive — because it might come true one day."

 

In Conversation with Shohreh Aghdashloo

In 2013, we had the pleasure of interviewing Iranian actress Shohreh Aghadashloo about working in Iran, being typecast, and her experience working with Jon Stewart on his film Rosewater. It became the first video we released on our YouTube channel in 2014. Months later, when Rosewater (directed by Stewart) was released, her studio interview became a hit with our audience.

 

Documented Q & A with Jose Antonio Vargas

In May, after a sold-out screening of his film Documented, which recounts his arrival in the U.S. from the Philippines as a child and subsequent awakening as an immigration reform activist, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discussed issues raised by the film with Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski and the audience.

What video from the Asia Society did you enjoy the most in 2014 — and what kind of video content would you most like to see from us in the future? Tell us below.

About the Author

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Tahiat Mahboob is Asia Society's Senior Multimedia Producer. She grew up in Bangladesh, worked at New York Fashion Week and taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.