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Interview: 'Top Chef' Edward Lee on Why Lo-Mein is as American as Apple Pie

The chef Edward Lee in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Dan Dry)
Current Affairs

The chef tells Asia Blog that "it is truly an exciting time to eat at Asian-inspired restaurants right now."

Where Hillary Clinton's China Policy Would Differ From President Obama's

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton makes introductory remarks before an address by Myanmar parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2012 (Asia Society/Joshua Roberts)
Current AffairsPolicy

A look at the Democratic frontrunner's rhetoric reveals a more pointed approach to the Asian country, centered on respect for human rights.

The Lahore Literary Festival: Bringing Pakistan's Celebration of Arts and Culture to New York

The Pakistani signer Zeb Bangash performs on the opening night of the Lahore Literary Festival at Asia Society New York. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

The two-day event offers a rejoinder to the country's reputation for political instability and extremism.

Interview: Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on Charlie Parker, Ravi Shankar, and the Other F-Word

Rudresh Mahanthappa (Jimmy Katz)

The Indian-American saxophonist discusses his heritage, musical influences, and why Ravi Shankar's appearance at Woodstock was both the "best and worst thing" to happen to Indian music.

China's One Child Policy Was 'The Stupidest Thing A Country Ever Could Have Done'

A mural in a village near Beijing stresses adherence to China's birth limits. (Eric Fish/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The demographer Dudley Poston says China's relaxation of birth limits will do little to alleviate the gamut of problems stemming from the long-standing policy.

How a Robust Media Has Transformed Afghanistan

Young Afghan children carry cow dung, to be used as fuel, as they walk on the outskirts of Jalalabad. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Saad Mohseni describes how his country's spirited media scene has helped it recover from Taliban rule.

Interview: 'Fresh Off the Boat' Star Randall Park on Being an Asian-American in the Comedy World

Randall Park currently stars on the ABC television show 'Fresh Off the Boat.' (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

"American comedy has had a rich history of lame Asian-American portrayals."

Video: Ajay Piramal Wants to Bring Fine Art to the Masses

As one of India's richest and most successful businessmen, Ajay Piramal uses his wealth to contribute to making art accessible to the general public. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

"We are so busy in our lives to make money that we forget art."

Kaiser Kuo on Baidu, Foreign Reportage, and the 'Paradoxes' of China

Kaiser Kuo
Current Affairs

After two decades of bridging Chinese and American cultures in various roles, the rocker, writer, podcaster, and techie looks back as he prepares to leave China.

Aung San Suu Kyi's 'Powerful Position' After Myanmar's Elections

Supporters of the National League for Democracy (NLD) hold a banner displaying the portraits of new Myanmar President Htin Kyaw (L) and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (R) in Yangon on April 10, 2016 ahead of the Thingyan new year festival. (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Priscilla Clapp, Senior Advisor to the Asia Society Policy Institute, discussed the Burmese icon's enhanced role in her country's new government during a recent AsiaConnect call.