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Interview: Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on Charlie Parker, Ravi Shankar, and the Other F-Word

Rudresh Mahanthappa (Jimmy Katz)
Arts

The Indian-American saxophonist discusses his heritage, musical influences, and why Ravi Shankar's appearance at Woodstock was both the "best and worst thing" to happen to Indian music.

Chinese Artist Challenges Gender Identities through 'Experimental Relationship'

The King Under Me, 2011, Digital c-print, 34 x 44 x 2 inches. (Pixy Yijun Liao)
Arts

Pixy Yijun Liao discusses her photography series featuring herself and her Japanese boyfriend, and how she aims to flip traditional gender expectations.

Japan Is Leading the Global Trend Toward Simplicity

Stacks of colorful basics at Uniqlo. (Kiwi He/Flickr)
Arts

These brands are making the most of the "less is more" mindset — but not everyone is on board.

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."

'Paradise Interrupted' — Bringing Chinese Tradition Onto the Contemporary Stage

Soprano opera singer Qian Yi in front of the unique and intricate set of 'Paradise Interrupted' which is partially made of paper. (Lincoln Center Festival/Lihe Xiao)
Arts

Director Jennifer Wen Ma and composer Huang Ruo present a hybrid between traditional opera and an art installation piece.

Honoring Three Asian Artists For 'Touching Our Souls' [Photos]

(L to R) Cai Guo-Qiang, Nalini Malani, and Yoshitomo Nara pose with their Asian Art Game Changer awards in Hong Kong on March 20, 2016.
Arts

Asia Society awarded Cai Guo-Qiang, Nalini Malani, and Yoshitomo Nara with the first Asia Arts Game Changer awards on Sunday in Hong Kong.

'A Blank Page Is Never Empty'

Performer Karen Kandel as 'papermaker' in 'Recycling: Washi Tales.' (Valerie Oliveiro)
Arts

Exploring the art of paper-making and storytelling through literal and metaphorical recycling.

Apology for Racial Insensitivity at Oscars Fails to Mollify Asian-American Community

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader and Asia Game Changer, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary last month. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society
Current Affairs

Actor George Takei called the mea culpa "a bland, corporate response."