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Interview: Author Blaine Harden on North Korea's Gulags

Blaine Harden and his new book 'Escape From Camp 14.' (Blaine Harden photo by Blake Chambliss)
Policy

Author Blaine Harden discusses his new book, Escape from Camp 14, and the future of North Korea's notorious labor camps.

Re-Reading Pearl Buck's 'The Good Earth'

Pearl S. Buck's 'The Good Earth' was published in 1931 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1932. Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
Arts

The 1931 novel has its faults, but it deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone heading to the Chinese countryside for the first time who wants to know a bit about the history of Chinese peasant life, writes Maura Cunningham.

Interview: The Story Behind 'Poetry of the Taliban'

A young Afghan boy smells a flower in the Oshay Bazaar, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, April 26, 2011. (DVIDSHUB/Flickr)
Arts

Two Kandahar-based researchers have complied an anthology of poems by the Afghan Taliban exploring a wide range of themes from "unrequited love and bloody vengeance" to "religion and nationalism, even a desire for non-violence."

Interview: Ian Johnson on China's Caves, Politics and Air Quality

Ian Johnson in Beijing in 1984, before the city's air pollution got to him. (Hong Kong Economic Journal)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom caught up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beijing-based journalist in advance of his June 21 appearance at Asia Society New York.

Book Excerpt: 'Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television,' by Ying Zhu

A camera operator from CCTV News on the roof of the Swedish pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. (Flickr/Tobias Andersson Åkerblom)
Policy

China media-watcher Ying Zhu's new book gets behind the scenes of China Central Television with former and current reporters who both thrive and struggle at the state-run network.

Video: For US Policy, China is 'the Voldemort of Countries,' Says Ian Bremmer

Analyst Ian Bremmer at Asia Society New York on May 24, 2012.
Policy

Ian Bremmer gives a frank assessment of the Obama Administration's pivot toward East Asia and offers his views on what a Romney administration stance toward China might look like.

Video: China Takes Off — and James Fallows Goes Along for the Ride

James Fallows speaking at Asia Society New York on May 22, 2012.
Business

Atlantic correspondent James Fallows sees China's rapidly growing aerospace industry as a metaphor for the tension between its progressive growth and its suppression of innovation.

Interview: Ian Bremmer and the New 'Regional World Order'

Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2011. (World Economic Forum/Flickr)
Policy

"There are pressing international issues, but all of the world’s major powers, established and emerging, have domestic priorities that take precedence," says political scientist Ian Bremmer, who appears at Asia Society New York on May 24.

Book Excerpt: 'Every Nation for Itself' by Ian Bremmer

World leaders pose for a group photo at the G20 summit in Washington, DC on Nov. 15, 2008. Four years later, Ian Bremmer argues, the G20 is no longer a source of meaningful leadership. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

For the first time since the end of World War II, says Ian Bremmer, no single power or alliance of powers is ready to take on the challenges of global leadership.

Shanghai, Bo Xilai and 5 China Noirs You Should Read this Summer

The scandal surrounding ousted Chinese official Bo Xilai (L) got Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom thinking about some of his favorite noir books about China. (Bo Xilai photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

After a brief primer on the "wicked old treaty port" of Shanghai, Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom suggests some China-crime-themed summer reading.