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Interview: Barbara Demick Says No Need to Exaggerate North Korea Stories, 'Truth is Bad Enough'

Barbara Demick in Beijing, where she was formerly Los Angeles Times bureau chief. (Barbara Demick)
Current Affairs

Ahead of her February 25 appearance at Asia Society New York, the veteran journalist who reported from South Korea and China discusses potential conflict in the region, North Korean defectors, and the media atmosphere in China. 

Book Excerpt: 'Discontent and Its Civilizations' by Mohsin Hamid

ArtsCurrent Affairs

"The idea that we fall into civilizations, plural, is merely a politically convenient myth," writes Moshin Hamid in the title essay of his new collection. Author talk at Asia Society New York on February 23.

Photo of the Day: Bracing Against the Storm in Japan

Winter trees evoke loneliness in the middle of a storm near Lake Biwako, Japan on February 9, 2015. (Japanexperterna.se/Flickr)
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Winter trees evoke loneliness in the middle of a storm near Lake Biwako, Japan on February 9, 2015. (Japanexperterna.se/Flickr

Interview: Nicholas Kristof Sees 'Slacktivism' as 'Gateway Drug to Greater Engagement'

Nicholas Kristof speaks onstage during the 'Independent Lens: A Path Appears' panel discussion at the PBS Network on January 20, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Ahead of his February 26 Asia Society talk, the New York Times columnist discusses efficient humanitarianism, harassment of journalists in China, and viral activism.

Video: Author Documents How Rural China Evolves, and Villagers Struggle to Adjust

One of the villagers in Wasteland, China who has adjusted to the town's modernization with mixed feelings. (Michael Meyer)
Current Affairs

Author Michael Meyer describes how the encroachment of big agribusiness in Chinese farming villages is being welcomed by some and shunned by others.

Video: Kevin Rudd on India's 'Encouraging' Stance on Climate Change

ASPI President Kevin Rudd and
Current AffairsPolicySustainability

Interviewed in Delhi, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd said, “What is very encouraging … is the language which we saw emerge from Prime Minister Modi, during President Obama’s visit, about India wanting to see a global agreement in Paris.”

Here's How Families in Three Asian Countries Welcome the Lunar New Year

People release sky lanterns in Pinghsi, a township in Taiwan's northern Taipei County, to celebrate the annual Lantern Festival on Feb. 28, 2010. (Patrick Lin/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsFood & Recipes

Happy Lunar New Year from Asia Society! As hundreds of millions travel home to celebrate with their families, here's a look at the legends, customs, and foods that mark the holiday in China, Korea, and Vietnam.

Watch: 'Deeply, Deeply' Patriotic Song Featuring China's President Debuts During New Year Gala

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on January 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Fred Dufour/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

"Give My Heart to You," broadcast to some 700 million viewers on Wednesday, was set to a montage of triumphant imagery of President Xi Jinping.

Interview: Mohsin Hamid Traces 'Discontent' Across Cultures in Globe-Trotting New Collection

Author Mohsin Hamid at an Asia Society India Centre dinner in Mumbai on Dec. 2, 2011. (Asia Society India Centre)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

"There are writers in Pakistan who are far braver than I am," says the acclaimed novelist, ahead of his February 23 talk at Asia Society New York.

Photo of the Day: Red Clouds Race Across Blue Skies in Australia

Sunrise streaks the sky and a rock cropping in vibrant red and blue hues in New South Wales, Australia on February 8, 2015 . (Tim Donnelly/Flickr)
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Sunrise streaks the sky and a rock cropping in vibrant red and blue hues in New South Wales, Australia on February 8, 2015 . (Tim Donnelly/Flickr)