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Does a New Biography Tell the Whole Story on Deng Xiaoping?

Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997).
Policy

Deng Xiaoping once appraised the rule of his predecessor as China's paramount leader, Mao Zedong, as being "70 percent positive and 30 percent negative". How would Deng's own performance in office be assessed?  A new biography by the Harvard professor Ezra Vogel attempts to answer this question, through using (fortunately) more sophisticated tools than mere mathematical formulae.

Interview: Sean Gallagher on Documenting China's Wetland Crisis

Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, China. (Sean Gallagher)
Multimedia

Beijing-based videographer and photographer Sean Gallagher produced a series of documentary videos about China's wetlands crisis for Asia Society's ongoing China Green project. The Pulitzer Center grant winner's work is embedded below. Gallagher spoke to us via email.

Tensions Mount, but the US and Pakistan Are Stuck With Each Other

Pakistani patients affected with dengue fever lie on beds in a ward at the hospital in Lahore on September 7, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan appear to be increasing with every new statement by officials on either side. The media in both countries, with few exceptions, are also hurling accusations and supporting their respective state apparatus. Interestingly, Washington and Islamabad keep reiterating that both countries and their common fight against terror are important to each other — and yet relations are deteriorating.

Asia Society Celebrates 100 Years of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

L to R: Sameer, Sabir, Tahira Syed and Azhar Hussain at Asia Society New York on Oct. 1, 2011. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Arts

"Have you ever paid attention to Faiz's prose? Faiz's prose is very polished and has a lot of depth."

So began legendary Pakistani actor Zia Mohyeddin this past Saturday at a centennial celebration honoring eminent Pakistani poet and intellectual Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) at Asia Society New York.

Why 'The Onion' Prank Isn't Funny

Education

The tweetosphere was a-flutter late last week when the satirical news organization The Onion claimed children were being held hostage by a “group of armed Congressmen.” The Washington Post urged its readers to lighten up. The Capitol Police issued a statement that they can take a joke, but insisted, “this is not a very good joke.”

One reason it's not funny is because people realize it's metaphorically true.

Orville Schell Discusses US-China Trade on Bloomberg

Orville Schell
Business

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, appeared on Bloomberg's Taking Stock podcast Thursday to discuss the effects of Sino-American trade. While the relocation of so many manufacturing jobs to China has fundamentally altered the structure of the U.S. economy, Schell believes blaming China for America's current economic malaise misrepresents the true situation.

'Coal + Ice' Exhibition Opens in Beijing

Yang Junpo, <i>Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China</i>, 1996.
Sustainability

Today's New York Times devotes extensive coverage to Coal + Ice, a new photography exhibition that opened last weekend at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing.

Asia Society Documentary Series 'Visions of a New China' Garners Media Acclaim

Still from <i>Floating</i> (Huang Weikai, 2005), screening Oct. 21 at Asia Society New York.
Arts

Launched this past Sunday, Asia Society New York's nine-film, month-long documentary series Visions of a New China is enjoying the attention of both the mainstream and more specialized cinephile press. The New York Times featured it in the Sunday, Sept. 25 Arts & Leisure section, where "Week Ahead" columnist Neil Genzlinger wrote:

US Ambassador Marc Grossman on US-Pakistan Relations, Terrorism and Rabbani's Death

Policy

"Pakistanis have some decisions to make about their future," said U.S. Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman in an exclusive interview with Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio.

"If they come to a realization that terrorism and extremism is a threat to them, they will be looking for ways to work with us to end this threat to Pakistan, to Pakistanis, to Pakistani society," he said.

Interview: Patrick French, Author of 'India: A Portrait'

Arts

Winston Churchill's famous quotation about Russia — that it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma — could just as easily be applied to contemporary India. At times both ancient and modern, cramped and sprawling, and destitute and prosperous, the country today is undoubtedly  poised to assume a greater role on the world stage. Yet how well do we really know India?