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From 'Degenerate' Fears to Cult Violence: How an Ancient Buddhist Belief Impacted Japan Across Eight Centuries

An Aum Shinrikyo follower meditates before portraits of leader Shoko Asahara and his two sons posted on an altar at a seminary of a Tokyo building on August 11, 1999. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A widely held belief in Kamakura era Japan of a sick and degenerating world was reinterpreted by a violent doomsday cult eight centuries later.

#TBT: After Half a Century, Shinto Deity Returns to Asia Society Museum

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg view The Shinto Deity Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the opening of the Asia Society Museum exhibition Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, February 2016. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

For "Throwback Thursday," we reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A Kamakura period Japanese sculpture on display twice at Asia Society, 56 years apart. 

Video: 8 Mesmerizing Minutes in Shanghai Set to Music From Balmorhea

Arts

"I wanted to make something that would really be infused with Shanghai. And I wanted it to be a sort of time capsule of that night."

Podcast: Women Confront 'Honor Killing' in Pakistan

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Current AffairsMultimedia

In the sixth episode of the Asia Society Podcast, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy discusses violence against women who supposedly shame their family.

Inside Guangzhou's 'Little North Road' — Where China and Africa Intersect

Wu Yong Fu
Multimedia

The photographer and documentarian Daniel Traub presents portraits of China's African migrant community.

Orville Schell on China's Crackdown

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Current AffairsPolicy

The scholar details worsening repression under President Xi Jinping.

24 Colorized Photos of Sri Lanka From a Century Ago

Current AffairsMultimedia

Photographs recently released by the New York Public Library show daily life on the island during the British colonial period.

How China's Restructuring Is Affecting its Asian Neighbors

Pedestrians walk past a construction site in Beijing on April 1, 2015. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

A newly released Asian Development Bank report projects Asia's economic prospects in 2016 and looks at China's outsized influence.

'Paradise Interrupted' — Bringing Chinese Tradition Onto the Contemporary Stage

Soprano opera singer Qian Yi in front of the unique and intricate set of 'Paradise Interrupted' which is partially made of paper. (Lincoln Center Festival/Lihe Xiao)
Arts

Director Jennifer Wen Ma and composer Huang Ruo present a hybrid between traditional opera and an art installation piece.

Yao Ming's Impact Went Far Beyond His Numbers

NBA star Yao Ming, architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and other dignitaries break ground for the Asia Society Texas Center on May 15, 2008. (Richard J. Carson/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The Chinese star, who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year, helped make his sport popular in China.