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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) pose with International Women of Courage Award-winner Guo Jianmei, a Chinese lawyer and rights activist, at the Department of State in Washington, DC on March 8, 2011. (Roshan Nebhrajani/Medill DC/Flickr)

Chinese Concerns About Fairness Shake Faith in Government Leadership

Asia 21 Fellow Wenchi Yu says a recent survey shows pervasive concerns among Chinese about the country's leadership and its ability to deal with fundamental human rights. more

Top Tweets: Twitter Users React to Censorship Announcement

Choice Tweets from activists and critics reacting to Twitter's new censorship policies. more

Aung San Suu Kyi Tops Asia Blog's Person of the Year 2011 Poll

Aung San Suu Kyi, Japanese rescue crews and Ai Weiwei at the top of Asia's Person of the Year 2011 poll. more
A child plays with some of the seeds in Ai Weiwei's 'Sunflower Seeds' at The Tate Modern in London, England on Oct. 11, 2010. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Ai Weiwei Unloads Millions of Sunflower Seeds on New York This Winter

Ai Weiwei's most famous installation is on view in North America for the first time at Mary Boone Gallery in New York City. more
Real-life persons of the year? Rescue workers carry someone believed to be contaminated with radiation to a treatment center in Nihonmatsu city in Japan's Fukushima prefecture on Mar. 13, 2011. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll: Who is Asia's Person of the Year?

Ai Weiwei and India's Anna Hazare are two plausible contenders — and so are the Japanese rescue crews who risked everything in the radioactive ruins of Fukushima. more
Ai Weiwei, at Tompkins Square Park, New York, 1986

The Continued Trial of Ai Weiwei

The artist Ai Weiwei continues his struggle with the Chinese Communist Party more

Top Tweets about Ai Weiwei's Tax Bill

Twitter reaction to the news that China has ordered dissident artist Ai Weiwei to pay $2.4 million in taxes and fines. more
An image from Pi San's "Crack Sunflower Seeds," believed to be a commentary on the detainment of artist Ai Weiwei (see below).

In China, Staying a Step Ahead of the Censors

A New York Times story profiles two activists who use gags, puns, and other tricks to defy China's notorious Internet controls. more
Ai Weiwei's Twitter page shows him to be back in political action.

China Unable to Keep Handle on Ai Weiwei's Twitter

Chinese dissident artist has broken his government-mandated Twitter silence to speak out against the detainment of his friends. more

Ai Weiwei: 'I Was Like a Little Soybean'

The recently released artist reportedly spoke to a journalist while waiting in line at a bank in Beijing. more