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#TBT: In 1971, High Schoolers Entranced by Indonesian Batik-making

High school students touring Asia Society's galleries in New York in 1971 absorb the art of Indonesian batik-making. (Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: when high school students toured Asia Society's galleries in the early 70s.

Photo of the Day: Divinely Perched in Hong Kong

The Tian Tan Buddha sits atop a hill surrounded by lush trees in Hong Kong. Photographed on October 12, 2015. (Joe Hunt/Flickr)
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The Tian Tan Buddha sits atop a hill surrounded by lush trees in Hong Kong. Photographed on October 12, 2015. (Joe Hunt/Flickr)

The Significance of Myanmar's Historic Elections

Residents of Yangon, Myanmar celebrate the results of the country's democratic elections on Sunday, November 8. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

The victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy represents tremendous democratic progress in the Southeast Asian nation. But major challenges remain.

Filmmaker: Documentary on Rape in India Was a 'Cry of My Conscience'

Filmmaker Vibha Bakshi discusses her documentary Daughters of Mother India. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

Filmmaker Vibha Bakshi discusses how she gained access to shoot her documentary Daughters of Mother India, and why a similar film on sexual violence against women was banned in the country.

Photo of the Day: Poised For Flight in Malaysia

A bird prepares to fly off from a dock by the water in Sabah, Malaysia on October 13, 2015. (Phalinn Ooi/Flickr)
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A bird prepares to fly off from a dock by the water in Sabah, Malaysia on October 13, 2015. (Phalinn Ooi/Flickr)

Zhang Yimou: 'Thank You for the Award. I'll Do Much Better in the Future'

Zhang Yimou delivers a speech after winning a Lifetime Achievement award at the U.S.-China Film Summit gala in Los Angeles, California. (Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Arts

The acclaimed Chinese director, who accepted a Lifetime Achievement award at the U.S-China Film Summit, painted a bright picture of the future of Sino-American collaboration.

China's Elusive Search for Innovation

Lei Jun, popularly known as China's
Policy

The economic powerhouse has long struggled to create new products and ideas — but this may be about to change.

Director Zhang Yimou: 'The Cultural Revolution is Still Off Limits' in China

Chinese director Zhang Yimou poses after a press conference on the film 'Coming Home' at the 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in Busan, South Korea, on October 4, 2014. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

In an interview with ChinaFile, one of China's most preeminent film directors discusses censorship, Xi Jinping, and the possibility of working with Steven Spielberg.

Photo of the Day: On the Search for Food in Indonesia

Thousands of fruit bats emerge from the mangroves at twilight in search of food in Komodo National Park, Indonesia on October 16, 2015. (Marc/Flickr)
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Thousands of fruit bats emerge from the mangroves at twilight in search of food in Komodo National Park, Indonesia on October 16, 2015. (Marc/Flickr)

#TBT: In 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi Embraces Hillary Clinton

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) greets Aung San Suu Kyi before the Myanmar parliamentarian spoke at an event co-hosted by Asia Society and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2012. (Asia Society/Joshua Roberts)
Current AffairsPolicy

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: When Myanmar's democracy icon appeared in Washington to signal a major political shift.