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Video: Former Mandarin Major Now Builds US-China Relations With a Banjo

Singer, songwriter, and claw-hammer banjo player Abigail Washburn performing at the 7th annual National Chinese Language Conference in Los Angeles. (Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
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Watch: the singing, songwriting, claw-hammer-banjo playing, Mandarin-speaking Abigail Washburn performs at Asia Society's National Chinese Language Conference in Los Angeles on May 8, 2014.

'We Must Act': UN's Ban Ki-moon Calls for Syrian Arms Embargo in Asia Society Address

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Asia Society New York on June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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"All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake, here and now, across the devastated landscape that is Syria today," the UN Secretary-General told listeners at Asia Society New York.

Complete Text of Ban Ki-moon's Address, 'Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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"The immediate priority of the United Nations in Syria is to end the violence," the United Nations Secretary-General said Friday, June 20, 2014, at Asia Society in New York.

Rural 'Eco-Museum' in China Preserves a Song Tradition, and a People's Culture

A children's singing lesson in Dimen. The Dong people's singing is part of a centuries-old vocal tradition that was cited as
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A one-of-a-kind village museum in China is countering the effects of mass communication and modernity on a venerable musical tradition. Concert at Asia Society New York on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Photo of the Day: A Striking Portrait in Bhutan

An old man sits beside an old bell in Chimi Lhakgang, Bhutan on May 1, 2014. (Stephen Wolfe/Flickr)
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An old man sits beside an old bell in Chimi Lhakgang, Bhutan on May 1, 2014. (Stephen Wolfe/Flickr)

Reporting from Asia, 'Oz Prize' Winners, Finalists Overcame Multiple Challenges

L to R: Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal reporter Preetika Rana, Jason Szep of Reuters, and New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta at Asia Society New York on June 18, 2014. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Reuters reporters Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall were honored at an event that highlighted both the difficulties and the rewards of long-form investigative reporting in Asia.

Interview: Ian Bremmer on Asia's Place in a 'G-Zero World'

Eurasia Group president and founder Ian Bremmer.
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"The implications of a vacuum of global leadership are enormous," says Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer. "It’s already playing out today." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on June 24.

Star Singers, Fast-Growing Repertory Reflect China's Booming Interest in Western Opera

Soprano Ying Huang, who created the leading roles in new works such as Tan Dun's
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With jet-setting artists and a trail of co-productions from Salzburg to Bayreuth, China's opera craze is big news for New York or Chicago or San Francisco as much as Beijing and Shanghai.

Photo of the Day: The Golden Pagoda in Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a majestic landmark and continues to be a popular tourist destination in Yangon, Myanmar. (Eugene Phoen/Flickr)
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The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a majestic landmark and continues to be a popular tourist destination in Yangon, Myanmar. (Eugene Phoen/Flickr)

Interview: Covering the Plight of Myanmar's 'Stateless' and 'Vulnerable' Rohingya

Rohingya women wait to be treated outside a clinic in the Dar Paing refugee camp on May 6, 2014 in Sittwe, Myanmar. (Andre Malerba/Getty Images)
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"Pent-up grievances are being unleashed," say Reuters journalists of the sectarian violence in Myanmar. For its coverage, Reuters won Asia Society's 2014 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism in Asia.