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Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Named to Time Magazine '100 Most Influential' List

Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, just named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people, speaking at Asia Society New York on Mar. 5, 2012. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
Arts

Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, an Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow in 2011, was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people for "shaping the dialogue" in Pakistan.

Photo of the Day: The Tehran Version of Street Art

Multimedia

Outside an art gallery in Tehran, Iran on March 30, 2012. (Ariel López /Flickr)

Interview: Genocide Survivor Loung Ung Reclaims Life, and Light, in New Memoir

Loung Ung, author of the memoir
Arts

"You can be OK too," says the acclaimed memoirist and survivor of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. "I'm not saying it will be easy, but you can be OK too."

Photo of the Day: Beautiful Obsolescence in Japan

Multimedia

Honda Sky scooter, a few years out of service, Hakone Yumoto, Japan on April 5, 2012. (Reed George /Flickr)

Vishakha Desai: Rising Asia Must Forge Path for More Women to Lead

Delegates convene at the 2011 Women Leaders of New Asia conference in Singapore. (Asia Society)
Policy

Asian countries must work to ensure that women are key players in the region's rapid growth, write Asia Society President Vishakha Desai and National University of Singapore Vice-Dean Astrid S. Tuminez.

Victor Cha: U.S. Gloats Over North Korea's 'Failed Sputnik' at Its Own Peril

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade in Pyongyang on Apr. 15, 2012, two days after a North Korean rocket apparently exploded within minutes of blastoff and plunged into the sea. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

North Korea's failed satellite launch last week doesn't mean the hermit kingdom won't try, and succeed, in the future, according to one of George W. Bush's Asia advisers.

Table for Two: How Japan is Eating Healthy to Help Children in Africa Eat Enough

Table for Two hopes that its meals will help you say
Sustainability

A Japanese NGO helps diners in the developed world eat less so that schoolchildren in Africa eat enough. The organization's American co-president explains how it all got started, and the differences between running an NGO in Japan and the United States.

Interview (and Photos): Asheer Akram on His Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative

Arts

Pakistan's vibrant truck art culture could be getting a test drive in America, if a young artist from Kansas City is successful.

To Understand China, Does It Help To Be From Minnesota?

An overcast day over the old and new China. (**Maurice**/Flickr)
Policy

Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom contemplates whether U.S. reporters and writers from Minnesota who cover China well are stealing the mantle from the previous leader, Missouri.

Video: China's Natural Forests Under 'Savage Attack'

Multimedia

Asia Society's China Green project's latest video, "China's Fragile Forests," was produced by China-based multimedia journalist Sean Gallagher.