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China Unable to Keep Handle on Ai Weiwei's Twitter

Ai Weiwei's Twitter page shows him to be back in political action.
Arts

Chinese dissident artist has broken his government-mandated Twitter silence to speak out against the detainment of his friends.

Asia Society's Rachel Cooper Honored at Manhattan Iftar Dinner

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hosted the Iftar Dinner which recognized Asia Society's Rachel Cooper on August 9, 2011.
Arts

Asia Society Director for Performing Arts and Cultural Programs, Rachel Cooper was honored with an award yesterday at the Fourth Annual Iftar Dinner, a celebration of Ramadan that brings together leading members of New York's Muslim community.

Podcast: Dr. Geet Chainani, American Doc, Speaking Sindhi, in the Flood Zone

Dr. Geet Chainani at a medical camp in a village near Dadu, Sindh. (Beena Sarwar)
Policy

Dr. Geet Chainani is an American born in India, raised in New York City, trained as a medical doctor in the Caribbean, treating families in the tent cities of the flood waters of the Indus River, upstream from Karachi.

Podcast: Mohammed Hanif and the Explosive Case of Karachi

Mohammed Hanif
Arts

Mohammed Hanif is the pride of literary Pakistan these days, but he is warning us that the arts and liberated media in Pakistan all live in something of a bubble.

Karabell: Developing Countries Key to Curing Economic Woes

Indian stockbrokers react as they monitor share prices during intraday trade at a brokerage firm in Mumbai on August 5, 2011. Indian shares plunged by nearly four percent to its lowest point in over a year, triggered by US economic worries and the European debt crisis which have spooked world markets. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

Asia Society Associate Fellow Zachary Karabell took stock of Thursday's market crash in The Daily Beast:

Ai Weiwei: 'I Was Like a Little Soybean'

UPDATE: Ai Weiwei appears to be testing his limits again. The artist — supposedly banned from Twitter by the Chinese government — sent out two short tweets today (or someone using his account sent them out). The first tweet said 问个好吧。(Let's say hi.) and the second tweet said 嗯,抱抱。安 (Ah, hugs. Peace.).

Dairy Queen and Ikea, China-Style

The Dairy Fairy website.
Food & RecipesLifestyle

Chinese knockoffs of well known brands and items, often called shanzhai, are nothing new — from phones and game systems to, oddly enough, seeds and eggs — but some rec

New Music Video: Indonesian Hip Hop in NYC

Arts

In May, Asia Society brought the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation — the foremost hip hop group in Indonesia — to New York to perform their unique blend of ultra-modern hip hop beats and protest lyrics, mixed with traditional Javanese spells, wishes and poetry.

The Chinese Cyber-Threat

People visiting Huawei Technologies booth display of its product during CommunicAsia 2010 conference and exhibtion show in Singapore. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Chinese citizens and businesses have been making waves in the digital world, but some see it as a forewarning to a Chinese government cyber-invasion.

Video: Tom Brokaw Tells Tales of Reporting in China

Brokaw's historic <i>Meet the Press</i> interview with Zhao Ziyang.
Lifestyle

Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw recounted four decades of China coverage during an intimate dinner at Asia Society New York.