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Interview: Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on Charlie Parker, Ravi Shankar, and the Other F-Word

The Indian-American saxophonist discusses his heritage, musical influences, and why Ravi Shankar's appearance at Woodstock was both the "best and worst thing" to happen to Indian music. more

Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers' Dialogue (Complete)

Asia Society presents two separate panel discussions, featuring prominent Japanese and foreign literary figures, in a celebration of the literary journal Monkey Business. more
The King Under Me, 2011, Digital c-print, 34 x 44 x 2 inches. (Pixy Yijun Liao)

Chinese Artist Challenges Gender Identities through 'Experimental Relationship'

Pixy Yijun Liao discusses her photography series featuring herself and her Japanese boyfriend, and how she aims to flip traditional gender expectations. more
Stacks of colorful basics at Uniqlo. (Kiwi He/Flickr)

Japan Is Leading the Global Trend Toward Simplicity

These brands are making the most of the "less is more" mindset — but not everyone is on board. more
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)

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

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

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

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. more

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

"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." more