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Interview: Ian Johnson on China's Caves, Politics and Air Quality

Ian Johnson in Beijing in 1984, before the city's air pollution got to him. (Hong Kong Economic Journal)

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom caught up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beijing-based journalist in advance of his June 21 appearance at Asia Society New York.

An Absent Presence: How China's Netizens Commemorated an Important Anniversary

 A particularly empty image of Beijing's Chang'an Avenue. (Sina Weibo)

Popular social media websites like Sina Weibo have become the frontline of a virtual showdown between censors and aggrieved netizens every June 4 in China, writes Sun Yunfan.

Photo of the Day: Waning Beauty of Dal Lake in Kashmir


A woman rows her shikara through the heavily polluted waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir on May 20, 2012. (Jarjan/Flickr)

Watch: Trailers For Seven New York Japan CineFest Films

A scene from director Ken Ochiai's Frog in the Well (2010).

Presented by Asia Society New York and Mar Creation on June 8, 2012, the New York Japan CineFest will feature seven award-winning live action and animated shorts with the filmmakers in attendance.

Photo of the Day: Artist at Work in Japan


Japanese artist Takeo Ogama at the Design Festa in Japan on May 22, 2012. (Demipoulpe/Flickr)

Video: James Fallows on the 'Chinese Dream' vs. the 'American Dream'


Journalist James Fallows compares the 'American Dream' with the 'Chinese Dream,' and examines the significance of the arrival of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng in the U.S.

After 'Initial Assault on the Senses' the Real India Lingers in 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Judi Dench in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.'

The new movie 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' begins on a voyeuristic note but eventually digs much deeper.


Hot Air? Beijing Slams Foreign Embassies' Monitoring of Air Pollution

Beijing's skies on June 19 and June 22, 2009. (Beijing Air)

The information the U.S. shares on air quality in China has a lot of value, even if it isn’t the most precise or comprehensive, writes Michael Zhao.

US Officials Announce Plans for the US-India Strategic Dialogue

Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake makes remarks to the U.S.-India World Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C., on June 4, 2012. (Stella Park/Asia Society)

Major gains for both the Indian and the American people are visible, not just on the horizon, but now, writes Matt Stumpf.

Food Paradise or Hell: A New Chinese Documentary Sparks Debate

Food & RecipesLifestyle

The combination of food porn and nostalgia was potent enough to make the CCTV series an instant (if controversial) sensation.