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Interview: Racism, Sexism, and The Need for a New Way of Talking About Tibet

Reporter Jocelyn Ford and Zanta, the subject of her film, stand on a Beijing overpass. (Jocelyn Ford)
Current Affairs

Jocelyn Ford, director of Nowhere to Call Home, discusses sexism in Tibet, how Han Chinese have reacted to depictions of racism in her film, and the surprising signals she’s received from Chinese authorities.

Interview: For Filmmakers, Mu Xin's Art 'Transcends Original Context' of China's Cultural Revolution

The artist Mu Xin. (Courtesy of Ropa Vieja Films)
Arts

Read a discussion with the filmmakers behind Dreaming Against the World, which tells the story of Mu Xin, an artist who risked his life writing and painting while imprisoned during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Interview: Nobel Laureate 'Scared' for Humanity as Earth's Climate Shifts

Professor Brian Schmidt, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. (TEDxSydney 2012/Enzo Amato)
Current Affairs

Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt, who appears on an Asia Society Hong Kong panel on April 22, says he's not sure if humanity has the discipline to confront climate change.

Interview: Masked Chinese Activists 'Show Solidarity' with Detained Feminists

A group of masked feminists commemorates the five activists who remain detained in China.
Current Affairs

As five feminists sit in prison for planning quirky demonstrations, a group of supporters have been donning masks of their faces every day in a gesture of support.

Interview: 'Spinnin' Memory,' Khmer American Rapper Teaches a Traumatic History

Rapper Prach Ly. (Courtesy of the artist)
Arts

In 2000, 21-year-old Khmer American rapper praCh (Prach Ly) recorded his first CD, which told the story of Cambodia’s killing fields, in his parents’ garage. It became the #1 album in Cambodia. Fifteen years later, Ly reflects on his journey.

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

Author Suki Kim. (Ed Kashi)
ArtsCurrent AffairsPolicy

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.

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)
Arts

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.

Multimedia: Emerging Director Midi Z on Myanmar, Taiwan, and Filming from Personal Experience

Wu Ke-Xi, Midi Z, and La Frances Hui at the opening of the film series <i>Homecoming Myanmar: A Midi Z Retrospective</i> on March 6, 2015. (C. Bay Milin)
Arts

In his first United States survey, Myanmar filmmaker Midi Z presented four films at Asia Society New York and discussed his work with Taiwanese actress Wu Ke-Xi and Asia Society's La Frances Hui.

Interview: Are 'Womenomics' Working in Japan?

A woman walks through a Tokyo underpass. (Sekihan/Flickr)
BusinessCurrent Affairs

Shinzo Abe is trying to get Japan's underrepresented women into the workforce to boost the economy. One expert discusses what leaders are doing right and what problems remain.

For Yoshitomo Nara, Defining Art by Ethnicity is an 'Outdated Methodology'

Yoshitomo Nara, Life Is Only One!, 2007; Acrylic on wood; H194 x W410 x D7 cm. Courtesy of the artist. (José Luis Gutiérrez)
Arts

Get to know Yoshitomo Nara, internationally renowned contemporary artist, and see works from his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.