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'Questioning My Own Culture' and Other Ways Chinese Learners Say Mandarin Unexpectedly Changed Them

Student reads from a Chinese language textbook. (Adek Berry/Getty)
Education

In the wake of Asia Society's 2015 National Chinese Language Conference, accomplished students of Mandarin share what they've gained from the language.

Interview: Official Development Assistance an 'Indispensable Tool' in Japan's Foreign Policy, Says JICA President

JICA President Dr. Akihiko Tanaka at the
Current Affairs

Ahead of his April 29 talk at Asia Society New York, Dr. Akihiko Tanaka explains how his organization helps maintain Japan's image as a "responsible global citizen."

Watch: Asia Society Staffer Discusses Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort on 'Charlie Rose'

The aftermath of the Nepal earthquake of April 25, 2015. (Simcsea/Flickr)
Current Affairs

Sanjeev Sherchan says there has to be better coordination in the aid that's flowing into Nepal.

Photo of the Day: A Wrinkled Smile in India

An elderly man twirls his mustache while winking at the camera in Jaisalmer, India on March 27, 2015. (Timo/Flickr)
Multimedia

An elderly man twirls his mustache while winking at the camera in Jaisalmer, India on March 27, 2015. (Timo/Flickr)

Slideshow: Naoya Hatakeyama's 'Personal Landscapes' of Post-Earthquake Japan

May 2, 2011 from the ‘Rikuzentakada’ series. (Naoya Hatakeyama)
Current AffairsMultimedia

"It has changed the way I think about time and history," photographer Naoya Hatakeyama said of his frequent trips to his tsunami-ravaged hometown to photograph the transformed landscape.

Interview: Racism, Sexism, and The Need for a New Way of Talking About Tibet

Reporter Jocelyn Ford and Zanta, the subject of her film, stand on a Beijing overpass. (Jocelyn Ford)
Current Affairs

Jocelyn Ford, director of Nowhere to Call Home, discusses sexism in Tibet, how Han Chinese have reacted to depictions of racism in her film, and the surprising signals she’s received from Chinese authorities.

The Nepal Earthquake: How You Can Help

A Buddha statue is surrounded by debris from a collapsed temple in the UNESCO world heritage site of Bhaktapur on April 26, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Asia Society is mobilizing its global network, asking that it pledge its support to the victims in Nepal in any way possible, writes Josette Sheeran.

Remembering Sabeen Mahmud, and Making Sure Her Voice is Not Silenced

Current Affairs

Asia Society's Tom Nagorski looks back at the life of Sabeen Mahmud, a member of the Asia 21 Young Leaders network who was tragically gunned down in Karachi on Friday.

Weekly Rewind: Online Matchmaking in India, 30,000 Selfies in Shenyang, and the Story of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Current AffairsMultimedia

Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content from the past seven days that you may have missed.

Video: Myanmar's Democratic and Economic Reforms Are 'Underappreciated'

(L to R) Tom Nagorski, Thant Myint-U, Tom Freston, and Priscilla Clapp discuss Myanmar's historic political and economic turnaround at Asia Society New York on April 21, 2015.
Current AffairsPolicy

In a discussion at Asia Society New York, Thant Myint-U, Priscilla Clapp, and Tom Freston argued that Myanmar has moved a long way toward a democratic system and an open economy since reforms began in 2011.