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Excerpt: 'The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom'

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) looks on with China's President Xi Jinping (R) during a meeting at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

The journalist John Pomfret explores the history of U.S-China relations in his new book.

Asian Americans' Expanding Influence in U.S. Politics

David Paul Morris/Stringer (Getty Images)

Asian Americans are growing in political influence, but many barriers remain to participation.

Nine Excellent Documentaries About Asia That You Can Watch on Netflix

Thousands of worshippers come to the Shwedagon pagoda to celebrate Thingyan, a New Years Water festival, April 17, 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. Thingyan is similar to other new year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

From Syria to China and Myanmar to Japan, discover the stories and traditions of Asia through the documentary lens.

The State of Chinese Cinema Today

Lu Chuan, the director of City of Life and Death, will be honored at Asia Society's U.S.-China Film Summit on November 2, 2016. (Dennis Amith/Flickr)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

Jonathan Landreth of ChinaFile and China Film Insider discusses the state of Chinese cinema today.

Asia Society Honors I.M. Pei, Other 'Asia Game Changers' at United Nations

I.M. Pei celebrates his Asia Game Changer lifetime achievement award with his children and grandchildren. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The legendary architect, film director Zhang Yimou, and eight others were recognized for their achievements.

Excerpt: Saeed Naqvi's 'Being the Other — The Muslim in India'

(Saeed Naqvi)
Arts

In this excerpt from his new memoir, the veteran Indian journalist remembers the first time he felt "otherized."

How Asia Society's Establishment Was a 'Bet on the Future'

From left: Robert Oxnam, Ronnie Chan, Josette Sheeran, Nicholas Platt, and Kevin Rudd discuss Asia Society on its 60th anniversary. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

At a gathering celebrating the organization's 60th anniversary, former Asia Society President Robert Oxnam explained why John D. Rockefeller's vision was far from assured.

How Durreen Shahnaz Became a Social Entrepreneur — Without Even Knowing It

Durreen Shahnaz speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative Winter Meeting on February 10, 2015. (Juliana Thomas)
Current Affairs

The pioneering Bangladeshi businesswoman describes how "impact investing" can combine financial return with improving lives.

How Asia Can Tackle Both Poverty and Inequality

Navsari, India. (Siddashi/Flickr)
Current Affairs

“The success in Asia is one of poverty reduction, it's not one of inequality reduction.”

Podcast: North Korea Goes Ballistic

Missiles are displayed during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

North Korea is rapidly nearing capability to launch nuclear missiles around the world. The Asia Society Podcast explores how that happened and what can be done.