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Podcast: Salman Rashid: A Pakistani Travelogue, with Tears

Chris Lydon (R) with Salman Rashid (L) in his walled garden on the south side of Lahore, summer 2011.
Policy The distinguished travel writer Salman Rashid encounters painful memories in Punjab.

The 5 Biggest Chinese News Stories of Summer 2011

Workers clear wreckage on July 24, 2011 near the city of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province, after a high-speed train collision a day before. The crash was China's worst rail accident since 2008. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Evan Osnos assess Biden's visit, the high-speed train crash, and other top stories of the past three months.

Asia Society Online Looking for Technical, Reporting, Video and Social Media Interns

Four exciting new internship opportunities are available with Asia Society's online team.
Education

Asia Society, a prestigious non-profit institution that is the leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business outreach, is looking for four talented interns to assist its New York web team in the following categories:

 

Online Technical Intern

Desai: Hazare's Anti-Corruption Movement Must Include Democratic Institutions

Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare stand behind the national flag of India as they celebrate the 12th day of Hazare's hunger strike in New Delhi on Aug. 27, 2011. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says the Hazare movement should not simply be a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of obstinacy.

Podcast: Mohsin Hamid on a 'Pakistan-like' Trend in America

Novelist Mohsin Hamid in Lahore, summer 2011.
Policy

The author of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' turns a jaundiced eye on the United States. 

Podcast: Ali Dayan Hasan: 'The Rule of Law is Non-negotiable'

Ali Dayan Hasan, at home in Lahore, summer 2011.
Policy

This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.

From The King's Speech to Learning Chinese

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Education

Vice President Joseph Biden recently said to his audience at Sichuan University that "I would rather be able to honor you and show my respect for you by speaking your language, as you honor me by speaking mine."

Asia-Pacific Women Make Big Gains on Forbes 'Most Powerful' List

Clockwise, from upper left: Indra Nooyi; Julia Gillard; Yingluck Shinawatra; Aung San Suu Kyi.
Lifestyle

Are Asia-Pacific women becoming more powerful? Or is the rest of the world finally just taking notice? If you take stock in lists like Forbes' "World's Most Powerful Women" — and we know that you do — it appears women from the region are increasingly considered forces to be reckoned with.

Welcome Back to the Industrial Revolution

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Sustainability

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable  what hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Asia Society Remembers Bangladeshi Director Tareque Masud, 1956-2011

<i>Clay Bird</i> director Tareque Masud (R) wins the prize for best script with his wife Catherine Masud (L) at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Marrakesh International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco on Sept. 22, 2002. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Arts

Asia Society notes with sadness the passing of Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud, who was killed in a traffic accident near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 13, at the age of 54.