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Video: John C. Whitehead Says Still 'Lots of Work' for Asia Society To Do

John C. Whitehead (L) receives his award from Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Jay Michael Evans (R) at Asia Society's Awards Dinner in New York on Jan. 11, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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On the eve of his 90th birthday, former U.S. Under Secretary of State John C. Whitehead was recognized for his career in public life at Asia Society's 2011 Awards Dinner, held last night at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Photos: Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner

The Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of New York City's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. (Elsa Ruiz)
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Some 400 guests made it to the Grand Ballroom of New York City's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Wednesday night for the Asia Society Awards Dinner, which honored former U.S. Deputy Secreatary of State John C. Whitehead, Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang and Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were among the attendees of the black-tie event.

Video: David Henry Hwang Receives Asia Society Cultural Achievement Award

Playwright David Henry Hwang accepts his Cultural Achievement Award from Asia Society 2011 Awards Dinner Vice Chair Lulu Wang at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Jan. 11, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Playwright, screenwriter and librettist David Henry Hwang accepted a Cultural Achievement Award at Asia Society's 2011 Awards Dinner in New York last night with a witty, self-deprecating speech in which he thanked Asia Society for its longstanding support for his work.

Photo of the Day: Tokyo Sunset

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Kevin Allekotte captures the sun setting over Tokyo. (Kevin Allekotte/Flickr)

Video: Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma 'on the Verge of a Breakthrough to Democracy'

Aung San Suu Kyi. (Drn/Getty Images)
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Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Global Vision Award at the Asia Society Awards Dinner earlier this evening at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Unable to leave Burma, Daw Aung accepted the award via a recorded video message, which you can watch below.

Photo of the Day: South Korean Special Forces

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South Korean special warfare command soldiers participate in winter military training exercise on January 11, 2012 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. The South Korean troops train in temperatures below -20 degrees celsius to defend the country against any possible attacks from North Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Orville Schell's Top 5 Books on China and the West

Orville Schell (R) speaks to Damian Woetzl (L) and Yo Yo Ma at the opening ceremony of the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing on Nov. 17, 2011. (Dong Lin)
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As China rises to power in a tumultuous political and economic environment, the U.S. finds itself struggling to build a relationship with its greatest rival. Perhaps the biggest challenge in this international bridge-building is the conflict between traditional Western and Eastern ways of thinking.

Three Questions for 'Chinglish' Playwright David Henry Hwang

Playwright David Henry Hwang congratulates actress Jennifer Lim at the 'Chinglish' Broadway opening night after-party at the Brasserie 8 1/2 on Oct. 27, 2011 in New York City. (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
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Asia Blog caught up with the Asian-American Tony Award winner for a few quick questions about his latest Broadway play, Chinglish, which TIME magazine called "a serious and nuanced study of the Chinese/American cultural divide."

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

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Japanese rescue crews and Ai Weiwei at the top of Asia Blog's Person of the Year 2011 poll.

Mandarin Face-Off: Huntsman vs. Rudd

Kevin Rudd, Australia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. (Jan Kuczerawy/Asia Society)
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You know learning Mandarin is fashionable when it has become the selling point of a presidential campaign. Indeed, perhaps the most telling sign of China's prominence is the role that Jon Huntsman's Mandarin skills have played in his public persona. Huntsman's television appearances frequently include a snippet showing off his Chinese skills.