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Veteran Journalist: China 'Vastly More Open' for Foreign Reporters

L to R: 2012 Osborn Elliott Prize Winner April Rabkin, Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Carroll Bogert, Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, and Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations Orville Schell. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

At Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize Ceremony, Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said covering China, while difficult, is a "far different world" from 30 years ago.

The Paradox of China's Reform

A man begs on a street as a woman passes by in Shanghai on May 9, 2012. China could face an economic crisis in the next 20 years if it does not quickly overhaul its development model, World Bank and Chinese government researchers warned recently. (Peter Parks/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

If China’s national imperative today is reform, the greatest threat to that goal is the massive influence and institutionalized corruption of the country’s entrenched elites, writes Asia Society Senior Fellow Jamie Metzl.

Top Tweets: Ridiculing the Latest Ban in Pakistan

A Pakistani resident uses a computer to browse a newspaper website in Quetta on May 20, 2012, after the country's government blocked social networking website Twitter. (Banaras Khan/AFP/GettyImages)
Lifestyle

In 140 characters or less, Pakistanis react with scorn and satire when their government briefly blocks access to Twitter.

Photo of the Day: She Owns That Street

Multimedia

An old woman relaxes on a bicycle-powered cart in the streets of Chennai, India on May 11, 2012. (Rajesh_India/Flickr)

Schell: Chen Guangcheng a 'Hopeful Breakthrough'?

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng makes remarks to the media upon arriving on the campus of New York University on May 19, 2012 in New York City. (Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Policy

The arrival of Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. after years of prison and house arrest raises the larger question of what the incident will come to mean in terms of the status of dissidents in China and in U.S.-China relations, writes Orville Schell.

Asia Society Presents Rare Opportunity to See Chinese Opera, Onstage and Online

Members of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe perform 'The Monkey King: Journey to the West.'
Arts

A venerable Chinese theatrical tradition comes to New York this weekend for three special performances.

Photo of the Day: Under the Bridge in Isfahan

Multimedia

Si-o-se Pol or the 33 Bridge in Isfahan, Iran on April 13, 2012. (froderamone/Flickr)

May 18: Free Admission at All Asia Society Locations for Museum Day

Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art. (Asia Society Hong Kong/John Nye)
Arts

Celebrate International Museum Day at Asia Society locations in New York, Hong Kong and Texas on Friday, May 18.

Video: Revisiting the 1953 Iranian Coup with Christopher de Bellaigue

Author Christopher de Bellaigue at Asia Society New York on May 15, 2012.
Policy

Christopher de Bellaigue discusses the American- and British-backed August 1953 coup in Iran and its far-reaching effects on the Iranian psyche.

Interview: Ian Bremmer and the New 'Regional World Order'

Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2011. (World Economic Forum/Flickr)
Policy

"There are pressing international issues, but all of the world’s major powers, established and emerging, have domestic priorities that take precedence," says political scientist Ian Bremmer, who appears at Asia Society New York on May 24.