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'Coal + Ice' Exhibition Opens in Beijing

Yang Junpo, <i>Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China</i>, 1996.
Sustainability

Today's New York Times devotes extensive coverage to Coal + Ice, a new photography exhibition that opened last weekend at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing.

Asia Society Documentary Series 'Visions of a New China' Garners Media Acclaim

Still from <i>Floating</i> (Huang Weikai, 2005), screening Oct. 21 at Asia Society New York.
Arts

Launched this past Sunday, Asia Society New York's nine-film, month-long documentary series Visions of a New China is enjoying the attention of both the mainstream and more specialized cinephile press. The New York Times featured it in the Sunday, Sept. 25 Arts & Leisure section, where "Week Ahead" columnist Neil Genzlinger wrote:

US Ambassador Marc Grossman on US-Pakistan Relations, Terrorism and Rabbani's Death

Policy

"Pakistanis have some decisions to make about their future," said U.S. Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman in an exclusive interview with Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio.

"If they come to a realization that terrorism and extremism is a threat to them, they will be looking for ways to work with us to end this threat to Pakistan, to Pakistanis, to Pakistani society," he said.

Interview: Patrick French, Author of 'India: A Portrait'

Arts

Winston Churchill's famous quotation about Russia — that it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma — could just as easily be applied to contemporary India. At times both ancient and modern, cramped and sprawling, and destitute and prosperous, the country today is undoubtedly  poised to assume a greater role on the world stage. Yet how well do we really know India?

Facing Limited Economic Options, Laos Turns to Dams

Pha That Luang monument, Laos. (Johan Kharabi)
Sustainability

Laos recently announced that it would like to begin construction on the $3.8 billion Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River by the end of this year. This is following a change in the design made to quell protests from neighboring countries. How can countries in Asia work together to ensure that major projects like this one do not do irreparable damage to river systems in the region? What is the best forum for cooperation?

Q&A: Nobel Prize Winning Economist Amartya Sen on Reviving Nalanda University

 Indian Nobel Laureate and noted economist Amartya Sen delivers an address in New Delhi on  January 27, 2004. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty)
Policy

As an Indian Nobel Prize winning economist, philosopher and humanitarian, Amartya Sen is an intellectual force who needs little introduction. As a young boy, he was influenced by the suffering he witnessed during the 1943 Bengal Famine and the India-Pakistan partition. Sen has influenced the creation of the United Nations' Human Development Index and he has deepened and expanded discourse in fields ranging from social choice and welfare economics to human rights and justice.

Video: Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen Responds to Nalanda University Critics

Policy

In an exclusive interview at Asia Society in New York (embedded below), Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen responded to news that former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam would no longer be associated with the revival of Nalanda University, one of the oldest universities in the world.

Sen said the position of "visitor" — responsible for monitoring and reviewing the functions of a university in India — is meant to be held by the current president. "Now," Sen said, "Dr. Kalam decided that since he’s no longer president it would be only appropriate that it should go to the present president."

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has agreed to be visitor, he said.

He also stressed that Nalanda is still in a "formative" stage. He added, "There has to be some kind of intelligent merging of the short-run challenges with the long-run challenges to be met."

Podcast: Ashis Nandy and Pakistan's 'Latent Potential'

Ashis Nandy in New Delhi, summer 2011.
Policy

This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University, with support on the ground from Aman ki Asha. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.

Free Admission to Asia Society Museum Saturday, Sept. 24

Asia Society Museum is located at Park Avenue and East 70th Street in New York City. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
Arts

As part of national Museum Day, this Saturday, September 24, Asia Society Museum is offering free admission for two to anyone with an official Museum Day ticket.

Sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day is an annual event in which participating museums across the U.S. allow free admission for two people with a Museum Day ticket. For complete details, and to download a ticket, click on the links below:

Video: Philippines President Open-Minded on Gay Marriage, Unsure About Gay Adoption

Policy

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III expressed tolerance toward the prospect of legalized gay marriage in his country, saying that normally "adults should be able to do whatever you want so long as it doesn't hurt anybody else." Aquino's comments came in a question and answer session following his speech at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday.