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2013, and Beyond: Why Reform May Be Mission Impossible for China's Xi Jinping

China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping gestures as he attends a meeting with
Policy

Facing many different political factions and conflicts, the cards are stacked against China's new leader, writes Ouyang Bin.

What Were the Five Most Watched Asia Society Videos in 2012?

Arif Lohar and his playful stage moves met with roars of approval from the audience at Asia Society New York on April 28, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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What videos from Asia Society did you found most interesting in 2012? A look back at the five most watched videos from Asia Society on YouTube. From music to politics to robotics, our viewers' tastes ran the gamut.

Wasserstrom: Making a China Book List — and Then Checking It Twice

Three more of the books on China from 2012 that made an impression on historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom. (Asia Society)
Policy

Historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom praises some additional books on China from 2012 that didn't make his initial year-end selection.

Photo of the Day: A Tranquil Place in Myanmar

Boats docked during sunset on Inle Lake in Myanmar on December 13, 2012. (isriya/Flickr)
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Boats docked during sunset on Inle Lake in Myanmar on December 13, 2012. (isriya/Flickr)

Politics and the Chinese Language: What Mo Yan's Defenders Get Wrong

The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan of China reads during a public reading of his works at Aula Magna, at Stockholm University, on December 9, 2012. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

The New York Review of Books' Perry Link re-enters the energetic debate over the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

A Rock By Any Other Name: Asia's Premiere Language Game of 2012

Education

What's in a name? Territorial disputes in the Pacific Ocean tap into a much older tradition of organizing reality and creating social order through naming.

NYT Lists Arif Lohar's Asia Society Gig as One of 2012's Best — Watch it Now!

Arif Lohar performing at Asia Society in New York in April. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Arts

What do Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Nicki Minaj, Fiona Apple, Neil Young, and Pakistani musical legend Arif Lohar have in common? They all made The New York Times list of the best concerts of 2012.

Photo of the Day: Trekking Through Pok Fu Lam Country Park in Hong Kong

A man explores the natural scenery of Pok Fu Lam Country Park in Hong Kong on August 4, 2012. (Dawvon/Flickr)
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A man explores the natural scenery of the Pok Fu Lam Country Park in Hong Kong on August 4, 2012. (Dawvon/Flickr)

 

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

L: First American edition of
Arts

As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

In 2012 it Was Full Speed Ahead on China's Rails

Policy

Asia Society's ChinaFile Fellow Maura Cunningham evaluates China's latest push for high-speed railways.