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Interview: First Transgender Woman in Philippines' Congress on the 'Beginning of Change' in Her Country

Geraldine Roman shakes hands with voters during a campaign trip to the town of Orani, Bataan province, north of Manila. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

"The message is clear," said Geraldine Roman. "Gender or sexual orientation is no hindrance to serving the country."

Energy in Japan: Is a Post-Nuclear Future Sustainable?

Workers continue the decontamination and reconstruction process at the Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 25, 2016 in Okuma, Japan. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Policy

Five years after Fukushima, Asia Society Policy Institute's Jackson Ewing tells us how the Asian country is addressing its energy challenges.

Interview: The New Yorker's Adrian Chen on Diversity, Longform Writing, and His Fascination With Trolling

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ArtsCurrent Affairs

"If you come to journalism kind of with any kind of outsider perspective, you'd begin to see to see how much people rely on the same sources and cover the same stories."

Photo of the Day: President Obama Embraces Atomic Bomb Victim in Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama embraces atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori during his visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Current AffairsMultimedia

Obama is the first U.S. president to appear in the Japanese city since the dropping of the bomb in 1945.

Interview: Pulitzer-Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on the United States, Vietnam, and Why History Can’t Be Erased

President Barack Obama speaks at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative town hall event in Ho Chi Minh City on May 25, 2016. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

"The effacement and erasure of Asians, Asian Americans and other minorities or people of color still continues to this day in the U.S."

Award-Winning Journalist Sudarsan Raghavan on Afghanistan's 'Ordinary Lives'

The journalist Sudarsan Raghavan is presented with the Osborn Elliott Prize at Asia Society on Thursday, May 26. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The Washington Post correspondent and Osborn Elliott Prize winner thanked Asia Society for recognizing his work profiling daily life in the troubled country.

Interview: Ivy Teng Lei on Why Asian Americans Have as Much Stake in the Immigration Debate as Anyone Else

Ivy Teng Lei at City Hall Park in New York City. (Daniel Liong)
Current Affairs

"I felt that they needed someone who was not just a Latino face. Asian Americans are just as much of this movement as other immigrants in this country."

Kevin Rudd: U.S. Lifting Arms Embargo on Vietnam 'A Long Time Coming'

Kevin Rudd discusses President Obama's visits to Hanoi and Hiroshima on CNN.
Current AffairsPolicy

On CNN, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd discusses President Obama's trips to Hanoi and Hiroshima.

Interview: Sudarsan Raghavan on Afghanistan's 'Pivotal Transformations'

Afghan shoppers look for brooms at a roadside shop in Herat on April 9, 2014. (Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The Washington Post reporter and Osborn Elliott Prize winner discusses how the country has — and hasn't — changed in the 15 years since 9/11.

Interview: Historian Erika Lee on the 'Traumatic' History of Chinese Immigration to the U.S.

Historian Erika Lee lectures to a class. (Patrick O'Leary)
Current Affairs

The preeminent immigration historian discusses her family’s hardship coming to the U.S., how stereotypes of Chinese immigrants are shifting, and how Asian Americans remain “invisible” in many ways.