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Remembering Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, 1923-2015

In a picture taken on June 5, 1959 Lee Kuan Yew, leader of People's Action Party poses after winning the elections in Singapore. Lee served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-rule from colonial ruler Britain, until he stepped down in 1990 in favor of his deputy Goh Chok Tong, who in turn handed power to Lee Hsien Loong in 2004. (Terence Khoo/AFP/Getty Images)
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Asia Society staff, friends and family share their thoughts on the passing of "a visionary and a radical thinker."

Weekly Rewind: Drinking in North Korea, Censorship in China, Japan's Ministry of Cool

A child stands by flowers during the Hong Kong Flower Show 2015 in Hong Kong on March 20, 2015. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
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A new Asia Blog feature captures some of the best writing and multimedia on Asia in the past seven days that you may have missed.

Listen: Asia Society Staffer Discusses Detained Chinese Feminists on NPR News

Protestors near the United Nations headquarters in New York City condemn the detention of five Chinese feminist activists in Beijing. (David M. Barreda/ChinaFile)
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Asia Society Content Producer Eric Fish joined NPR News yesterday to assess the ongoing detention of Chinese feminist Li Tingting and four other activists.

Interview: Suki Kim Aims to Depict 'Human World' of North Korea in Undercover Memoir

Author Suki Kim. (Ed Kashi)
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Author Suki Kim taught English at a private university in Pyongyang for six months, while also working surreptitiously on a memoir. In-person appearance at Asia Society Texas Center on March 25, 2015.

Photo of the Day: Sailing Into the Sunset in Taiwan

A sailboat rushes through the water towards the setting sun in New Taipei City, Taiwan on February 25, 2015. (jennyhsu47/Flickr)
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A sailboat rushes through the water towards the setting sun in New Taipei City, Taiwan on February 25, 2015. (jennyhsu47/Flickr)

#TBT: Lee Kuan Yew Speaks at 1994 Asia Society Conference

Then-Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew speaks at 1994 event in Singapore.
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Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Photo of the Day: Breakfast by the Road in Vietnam

An elderly patron eats breakfast at a street food vendor's stall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on February 23, 2015. (CiaoHo/Flickr)
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An elderly patron eats breakfast at a street food vendor's stall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on February 23, 2015. (CiaoHo/Flickr)

Video: How Shifting Demographics Can Be a Catalyst to Get Japanese Women Working

At an Asia Society New York panel discussion on March 16, Joanna Barsh and Henny Sender discuss the role of Japanese women in their country's economy. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Japan is seeing a rapid decline in its working population — which could be an opportunity for companies to better utilize the advantages of female workers.

Photo of the Day: A Blazing Torch in China

Canton Tower seems to sets fire to the crimson sky in Guangzhou, China on February 2, 2015. (ilya/Flickr)

Canton Tower seems to set fire to the crimson sky in Guangzhou, China on February 2, 2015. (ilya/Flickr)

Interview: Meet Wu Tong, China's Musical Polymath

Wind virtuoso Wu Tong performs at Asia Society New York on March 19, 2015. (Courtesy of Wu Tong)
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Get to know Wu Tong — a master of the sheng, a Chinese wind instrument; a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble; and the frontman for Lunhui, a pioneering rock band — ahead of his March 19 performance at Asia Society New York.