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Asia Society Hong Kong Event Honors Zao Wou-ki, a Global Artist Ahead of His Time

A woman walks past the world's largest triptych ever, produced by painter Zao Wou-ki and displayed at the Christie's Hong Kong Spring Auction preview in Hong Kong on May 26, 2005. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

Ahead of a panel discussion this week at Asia Society Hong Kong, scholar Melissa Walt explains what makes Zao Wou-ki one of the pre-eminent modern Chinese artists.

Photos: Obama Visits Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

On a three-day tour of Southeast Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia in a diplomatic exchange intended to encourage political reform.

It's Not Too Late to Help Asia Society Students Left Homeless by Hurricane Sandy

View from a Staten Island public park. (Tomathon/Creative Commons)
Education

News of Hurricane Sandy is disappearing from the headlines. But the devastation remains, including for many students in Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network.

Obama Takes a Crucial Step Toward Southeast Asia

L to R: U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, Ambassador David Carden, U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama at the ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Flickr/The White House)
Policy

President Barack Obama's visit to Southeast Asia, representing the first time a sitting American president has visited either Cambodia or Myanmar, is unprecedented in its timing and chosen itinerary.

Beijing Forum Offers a Preview of Cross-Cultural Arts Collaboration with China

Scheduled for Nov. 16 in Beijing, a dialogue between 15 American museum directors and officials and their Chinese counterparts is a highlight of the 2012 U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. (Rachel Cooper)
Arts

Asia Society's three-day Forum in Beijing this week brings together leading American museum officials with their Chinese counterparts.

China's 18th Party Congress: Transition Delayed

Chairman Mao Zedong statue, Dandong, China. (Shining75/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Steven Lewis says observers both inside and outside China were disappointed with a changing of the guard that may not bring much change.

Susan Shirk: Age Had Its Privileges at China's Eighteenth Party Congress

The new Politburo Standing Committee members (Xi Jinping, 3rd from left) meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 15, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

How did China's self-interested ruling elite manage to agree on how power at the top would be shared? Susan Shirk says a basic seniority principle may have been the answer.

Photo of the Day: Ardent Baseball Fan in Japan

A young baseball fan watches her first game in Sapporo, Japan on April 3, 2012. (MJ/TR (´・ω・)/Flickr)
Multimedia

A young baseball fan watches her first game in Sapporo, Japan on April 3, 2012. (MJ/TR (´・ω・)/Flickr)

Video: Since 2005, Sustained Rollbacks Have Stunted Legal Reform in China

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng listens to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31, 2012 in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Fordham Law's Carl Minzner discusses the past, present, and future of legal reform in the modern developing Communist China.

Video: Obama's Asia Visit Will Be 'Closely Watched' in Beijing

President Barack Obama waves during the election night rally at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, on November 6, 2012. (Kevin Gebhardt/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio says Beijing will closely monitor Barack Obama's Asia trip to get a sense of how much the U.S. hopes to increase its influence in the region.