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Orville Schell: Don't Mistake 'Chinese Dream' for a Horatio Alger 'Bootstraps' Story [Video]

L to R: John Delury, Orville Schell, and Jonathan Spence at Asia Society New York on July 16, 2013.
Policy

In a conversation with Yale University's Jonathan Spence, Orville Schell and John Delury launched their new book Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century last night at Asia Society New York.

Interview: Nuanced Documentary 'Powerless' Illuminates India's Energy Crisis

Loha Singh risks his life to connect electrical wires to redirect energy to the underprivileged. (Powerless Film)
Multimedia

Robin Hood takes the form of a 28-year-old electrician in Kanpur, India, stealing electricity from the rich to give to the poor. Director Fahad Mustafa sheds light on the story and the risks taken in pursuit of energy equality.

Interview: Historian Investigates the 'Pity of Partition' Through Manto's Life and Writing

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Arts

Historian Ayesha Jalal turns a literary lens on the traumatic events of 1947 and their aftermath. In-person appearance at Asia Society India Centre, with filmmaker Shyam Benegal, on Thursday, July 18.

Photo of the Day: Loving Wishes in Japan

A couple writes wishes on amulets for lovers and friends in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on June 22, 2013. (Jeremy G./Flickr)
Multimedia

A couple writes wishes on amulets for lovers and friends in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on June 22, 2013.(Jeremy G./Flickr)

Video: Could the Dennis Rodman Approach be the Key to Cracking North Korea?

L to R: Bill Richardson, Donald Gregg, and Jon Williams at Asia Society New York on July 11, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

In a joint appearance at Asia Society New York, former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson and Ambassador Donald Gregg discuss the pivotal roles the internet and "sports diplomacy" could play in finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korean impasse.

Photo of the Day: Ganesha in Neon in Australia

Bright street art features the Hindu god Ganesha alongside dry cleaning advertisements in Melbourne, Australia on June 21, 2013. (Andrea Lai/Flickr)
Multimedia

Bright street art features the Hindu god Ganesha alongside dry cleaning advertisements in Melbourne, Australia on June 21, 2013. (Andrea Lai/Flickr)

From NES to Wii U: A Nostalgic Look Back at 30 Years of Nintendo [Photos/Video]

Lifestyle

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) turns 30 today! Nintendo revolutionized the video game industry in 1983 and has since raised its global profile to become among Japan's most valuable companies.

Photo of the Day: A Local Food Market in Uzbekistan

Two women hand-make traditional local cuisine in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on June 21, 2013. (Christopher Rose/Flickr)
Multimedia

Two women hand-make traditional local cuisine in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on June 21, 2013. (Christopher Rose/Flickr)

Interview: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Teach Author Kevin Kwan His Love of Fiction

Arts

"The book began as an experiment . . . but from there the story just kept flowing," says first-time novelist Kwan. In-person appearance at Asia Society Texas Center on Wednesday, July 17.

Photo of the Day: A Hanging Rainbow in South Korea

Hanging lanterns float above a Buddhist temple in Chuncheon, South Korea on June 24, 2013. (JoonYoung Kim/Flickr)
Multimedia

Hanging lanterns float above a Buddhist temple in Chuncheon, South Korea on June 24, 2013. (JoonYoung Kim/Flickr)