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Ai Weiwei's Detention a 'Shift Back to the Post-Tiananmen Square Atmosphere'

Melissa Chiu
Arts

Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu recently took part in a discussion featured on the New York Times' Room for Debate page entitled "Ai Weiwei and the Artist's Role in China."

Video Highlights: Joseph Lelyveld Discusses Gandhi

Biographer Joseph Lelyveld discusses the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi at Asia Society New York on April 7, 2011.
Lifestyle

Joseph Lelyveld discussed his controversial new Gandhi biography at the Asia Society in New York on April 7.

The Power of Technology in Schools

This student can get an excellent education, even without a school. (justanotherpumpkin/Creative Commons)
Education

Poor communities around the world are turning to educational technology to leapfrog into the global knowledge economy.

Melissa Chiu: Ai Weiwei's 'Activism Different From His Art'

Pedestrians walk past a plainclothes policeman (R) standing in front of the entrance to the studio of outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing on April 8, 2011. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

Artlog Magazine published a roundtable discussion on the detained Chinese artist.

Listen: Detention of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei 'A Perfect Storm'

Ai Weiwei in November 2010. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York, talks to the KCRW's "To The Point" program about artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who is being held by Chinese authorities on charges of "economic crimes."

Carol Gluck: After Quake, Japan's PM Walking 'Knife Edge'

Columbia University professor Carol Gluck speaks at a town hall on the Japan crisis at Asia Society in New York on April 4, 2011.
Policy

Listen to the Columbia University professor and Japanolgist's comments from Asia Society's town hall meeting on Monday, April 4, 2011.

Video: 'Timing Seems Right' for US Special Envoy to Burma

Suzanne DiMaggio
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs, reacts to reports that say the United States is preparing to name Derek Mitchell as the country's Special Envoy to Burma (Myanmar). 

Gandhi Biographer: 'I Aim to Be Provocative, Not Offensive'

Joseph Lelyveld and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Lelyveld photo by Janny Scott)
Lifestyle

Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld, appearing at the Asia Society in New York on Thursday, April 7, adds that he never used the word "bisexual" in his new book Great Soul.

Interview: Jonah Kessel, 'The Fate of Old Beijing: The Vanishing Hutongs'

Jonah Kessel
Lifestyle

A series of documentary videos, produced for Asia Society, looks at the destruction of Beijing's historic hutong neighborhoods.

In Kazakhstan, Even Rivals Vote for the Incumbent

A man votes in the presidential election in the village of Internatsional'nyy, some 40 kms from Astana, on April 3, 2011. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

If there were any doubts that Kazakhstan mastered the trappings of democracy without heeding its substance, then this election would surely dispel them.