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Video: Meet the Authors Behind Some of the Best Books of 2014

ArtsCurrent Affairs

Seven authors who appeared on multiple year-end "best-of" lists all presented their new books at Asia Society in 2014.

Interview: Will Forced Urbanization in China Create a New 'Permanent Underclass'?

Rural residents pose in front of their new houses near the city of Anshun, Guizhou Province, in February 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

New York Times journalist Ian Johnson, a finalist for this year's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, discusses the double-edged sword of Chinese urbanization.

Interview: Louisa Lim on Tiananmen and China's 'Morality Crisis'

Louisa Lim (Leila Navidi)
Current Affairs

Louisa Lim, author of The People's Republic of Amnesia, says "we seem further than ever from any reevaluation of the killings of 1989."

Interview: Afghanistan Observer Sees Same 'Failed Status Quo' Continuing After Election

Current AffairsPolicy

Speaking frankly on the eve of Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election, journalist Anand Gopal sees no end in sight for the country's 30-year conflict.

India's Move on 'Hindus' Shows Disturbing Fear of Free Expression

Image taken from the cover of Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History.'

The recent brouhaha over a book on religion has Vishakha Desai worried that Indian cultural discourse is being "hijacked by narrow-minded interests."

Interview: Editor of 'Unsavory' China Expat Anthology Aims to Include Range of Voices

Tom Carter (L), editor of the anthology

The editor of a wide-ranging new anthology about the China expatriate experience aimed to include "something for everyone, expats and casual travelers alike," and didn't want to produce a "collection of sordid tales."

Interview: Gurcharan Das on Dharma, Capitalism and India's 'Robber Baron' Phase

Gurcharan Das. (BBC World Service/Flickr)

The author and former India chief for Procter & Gamble shares his vision for India's future ahead of his December 5 appearance at Asia Society New York.

30-Year Throwback: What Fodor's Was Saying About China Three Decades Ago

Two foreign tourists at the Great Wall of China circa 1984. (kattebelletje/Flickr)

How much has changed in 30 years? "Bargaining is almost never done" and "There is no nightlife in China" are just two of the gems uncovered in a 1984 Fodor's guide to the PRC.

Interview: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Teach Author Kevin Kwan His Love of Fiction


"The book began as an experiment . . . but from there the story just kept flowing," says first-time novelist Kwan. In-person appearance at Asia Society Texas Center on Wednesday, July 17.

Book Excerpt: Orville Schell and John Delury on China's Path to 'Rejuvenation'

Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century (Random House, 2013) by Orville Schell (top) and John Delury.

The duo from Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations release Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century later this month.