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The Deadly World of China's Fireworks Factories

Yuyang Liu/ChinaFile
BusinessCurrent Affairs

In the factories where 90 percent of the world's fireworks are made, female workers toil in dangerous conditions — and struggle to obtain compensation when things go awry.

Obama Library Architects on the Importance of 'Context and Place'

Asia Society Hong Kong center. (Michael Moran)
Current Affairs

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will design President Obama's presidential center in Chicago.

Beyond the Embargo: The Way Ahead for U.S.-Vietnam Strategic Relations

(Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear discusses the implications of President Obama's May visit to the Southeast Asian country.

How Northeast Asia Can Achieve Its Sustainability Goals

Linking carbon markets in Northeast Asia now will benefit the entire region's climate change goals. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Asia Society's Jackson Ewing discussed the region's carbon markets in a recent piece at The Diplomat.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Talks Banking, Politics, and Surviving an Assassination Attempt

Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society
Policy

Appearing in conversation with Josette Sheeran at Asia Society on Tuesday, Shaukat Aziz reinforced his belief that free trade would help foster peace in the volatile region.

China is Perhaps the 'Biggest Victim' in South China Sea, Says Former Foreign Minister

Former Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing holds a copy of the Charter of the United Nations at Asia Society in New York. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Li Zhaoxing had strong words about a pending South China Sea arbitration case with the Philippines — and for the United States.

BHP Billiton CEO: 'No Nation Was Ever Ruined By Trade'

BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie (L) discusses the virtues of free trade with journalist Richard Lui (R). (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Business

In an appearance at Asia Society, Andrew Mackenzie issued a full-throated defense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements.

How Historical 'Humiliation' Drives China's Maritime Claims

A Chinese base built in 1995 stands in Mischief Reef of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

In an interview with Asia Blog, the journalist and author Bill Hayton discusses the thinking behind China’s recent actions in the South China Sea, and why Beijing may soon reassess moves to enforce them.

The Atlantic's Alex Wagner: Diversity More Than Just 'Ticking a Box'

(Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

In an interview with Asia Blog, the journalist discusses her Asian American background, the resonance of the immigration story, and why the media isn't to blame for Donald Trump.

Filmmaker Erik Shirai on the 'The Birth of Saké'

Filmmaker and artist Erik Shirai is taking part in a special event hosted by Asia Society and Jungles in Paris on Wednesday, June 15. (Photo courtesy of Erik Shirai)
Current Affairs

In his first feature documentary, Erik Shirai combines his Japanese heritage with cinematic storytelling.