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How China's Past Informs its Push for Power

The South China Sea (C) is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Author Howard French explains why Beijing's behavior in the South China Sea is consistent with how the country has always viewed itself.

Why the Rise of Robots Will Hit Developing Countries Hardest

Welding machine robots assemble automobile bodies at Toyota Motor's Tsutsumi plant. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Automation is eliminating manufacturing jobs around the world — and that may have dangerous side effects in the developing world.

'Everyone Knows That India Is a Hard Place for Women'

Girls arriving in Bangalore in June from rural villages for their new factory jobs. (Andrea Bruce/New York Times)
Current Affairs

The New York Times' Ellen Barry discusses her award-winning work examining why the country's women are dropping out of the labor force.

Preserving — and Reinventing — New York’s Chinatown

Mei Lum at Wing on Wo & Co  (Teddy Wolff)
Current Affairs

With the restoration of her family's century-old shop, Mei Lum is showing that the neighborhood is more than just dim sum and fake handbags.

Director Lawrence Chen on the Importance of the 'Outsider Perspective'

Asian American director Law Chen is an award-winning commercial and music video director. (Photo courtesy of Law Chen)
Current Affairs

"The idea of growing up being a 'foreigner' in the country I was living in has made me look at everything from an outsider's perspective."

Thomas Donilon: Unfilled State Department Posts Present a 'Serious Crisis'

Former National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon speaks at Asia Society in New York on May 10, 2017. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current AffairsPolicy

President Obama's former national security advisor warns that the current lack of government personnel leaves the United States unprepared in the event of a major international crisis.

From 'Unassimilable' to 'Exceptional': An Evolution of Asian American Stereotypes

UC Irvine Sociologist Jennifer Lee. (Jennifer Lee)
Current Affairs

Sociologist Jennifer Lee discusses the misleading "model minority" stereotype, why it persists, and how it influences Asian American outcomes.

Sanjita Pradhan on Working With Rural Refugees and Rebuking President Trump

Sanjita Pradhan poses with Vice President Joe Biden. (Sanjita Pradhan)
Current Affairs

The Nepali-American immigrant describes her work with refugees in Iowa and explains why she publicly resigned from a presidential advisory commission of Asian Americans.

Why China Is Reviving Maritime Trade With West Asia

A group of storage jars at the site of the wreck off Belitung Island (Michael Flecker)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

More than a millennium after its zenith during the Tang Dynasty, Sino-West Asia economic ties are growing once again.

Jimmy Chin's Perpetual Adventure

(Courtesy of Jimmy Chin)
Current Affairs

The mountaineer and photographer tells Asia Blog about all things mountains, skiing, and photography.