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Gong Li in 'Red Sorghum' (1987), directed by Zhang Yimou.

Coming Attraction: Asia Society Screens 'Red Sorghum,' Based on Mo Yan's Novel

An upcoming film series at Asia Society New York features Zhang Yimou's adaptation of a novel by the newest Nobel Laureate in literature. more
L: The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi (Harvard University Press, 2012). R: The author (Golbarg Bashi).

Book Excerpt: 'The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi

What does it mean to be human? Explore this age-old question through the creative subversions of Persian literary traditions. more

noori: A Universal Language

Members of the Pakistani band noori discuss how their personal musical influences have played a big role in their unique sound. more
'Righteous Republic' (Harvard University Press, 2012) by Ananya Vajpeyi (R).

Book Excerpt: 'Righteous Republic' by Ananya Vajpeyi

Less well-known in the West than Gandhi and Nehru, B.R. Ambedkar nevertheless made a major contribution to the founding of the modern Indian state. more

Nan Jombang Dance Company (Complete)

Indonesian dance troupe combines West Sumatran traditions of martial arts, dance and percussion in a work that reflects both spiritual practice and contemporary expression. more

Tarun J. Tejpal: Different Languages, Different Realities

The novelist, journalist, and publisher reflects on the role of the English language in Indian writing and society. more
Clockwise from top left: Gong Li, Ruan Lingyu, Maggie Cheung, Xie Fang, Xue Jinghua, Brigitte Lin.
GODDESS: Chinese Women on Screen (Film Series)
Nov 9 to Dec 8: Film series celebrates the most significant screen divas in the history of Chinese cinema, beginning with the silent period. more

Tarun J. Tejpal: 'The Story of My Assassins' (Complete)

Indian journalist and novelist Tarun J. Tejpal speaks about his new novel, a brutal look at New Delhi's underbelly. more
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver in Denver, CO on Oct. 3, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/GettyImages)

Will the Next 'Education President' Please Stand Up?

What was missing from last night's Presidential debate, and has been absent from political discourse in general, this election season? more

Migration vs. Trafficking: The Difference

Experts from the public and private sectors what distinguishes migration from human trafficking. more