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Arun Jaitley: Indian Government Ready to Join APEC

Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) President Kevin Rudd meets with India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on April 7, 2016 at The Growth Net Summit in New Delhi.  (Ananta Center)
Policy

The Indian finance minister affirmed his country's interest in expanding regional trade opportunities during a conversation with Asia Society's Kevin Rudd.

For Classic Japanese Theater Form Kyogen, 'Tradition Is Not Fixed'

Kyogen master Nomura Manzo IX performs his craft which he learned from his father and grandfather.
Arts

Japanese Kyogen is a rare form of classic theater that lends itself well to modern interpretation while still maintaining its 600 year-old spirit.

Jin Liqun: 'Vast Room for Cooperation' Between AIIB and World Bank

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Policy

The head of the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank discussed the fledgling institution with Kevin Rudd at an Asia Society event in Washington, D.C.

#CultureUnderThreat Task Force Recommends Steps to Combat 'Cultural Crimes'

On March 31, 2016, a photographer holds his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A new report by a task force established to address antiquities trafficking in the Middle East lays out recommendations for governments, NGOs, and private stakeholders.

Why Language Immersion Works Well for Young Children

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Research shows that learning a second language as a young child provides lifelong benefits.

Why Jack Ma Is More Forrest Gump Than Steve Jobs

Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba is one of the world's most successful businessmen. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

From failed college exams to filing for an IPO, 'Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built' details the famous businessman's rise to the top.

Dragons, Worms, and Why China's Slowdown Is 'No Reason to Panic'

Asian Development Bank Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei speaks at Asia Society in New York on April 8, 2016. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The Asian Development Bank's chief economist says China's growth slowdown is to be expected, but there are a few things it should do to increase productivity.

From 'Degenerate' Fears to Cult Violence: How an Ancient Buddhist Belief Impacted Japan Across Eight Centuries

An Aum Shinrikyo follower meditates before portraits of leader Shoko Asahara and his two sons posted on an altar at a seminary of a Tokyo building on August 11, 1999. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A widely held belief in Kamakura era Japan of a sick and degenerating world was reinterpreted by a violent doomsday cult eight centuries later.

#TBT: After Half a Century, Shinto Deity Returns to Asia Society Museum

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg view The Shinto Deity Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the opening of the Asia Society Museum exhibition Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, February 2016. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

For "Throwback Thursday," we reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A Kamakura period Japanese sculpture on display twice at Asia Society, 56 years apart. 

Video: 8 Mesmerizing Minutes in Shanghai Set to Music From Balmorhea

Arts

"I wanted to make something that would really be infused with Shanghai. And I wanted it to be a sort of time capsule of that night."