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Treatment of Asians at the Oscars: 'Antithesis of Progress'

Children represent accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A segment resurfacing Asian stereotypes obscures an equally troubling problem: the lack of good roles in Hollywood.

From 9/11 to 3/11: How Survivors of Two Disasters Help Each Other Cope

Participants in an exchange between 9/11 and 3/11 survivors pose in Kaisezan Park, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture with a steel origami crane in 2013. The crane was fashioned from World Trade Center wreckage and presented by the 9/11 Tribute Center on the first outreach trip in 2012. (9/11 Tribute Center)
Current Affairs

Survivors of the September 11 terror attacks in the U.S. and the March 11, 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami have come together and charted new waters in post-trauma recovery.

Oscar Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Stopping 'Honor Killings'

Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy says Pakistani laws currently do not do enough to deter honor killings. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The director's Academy Award-winning documentary aims to change Pakistani laws that allow killers to go free.

Asian-American Actors Discuss Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Lucy Liu attends the Huading Film Awards on June 1, 2014 at Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Joe Scarnici/Getty)
Current Affairs

A controversy over this year's Oscar nominations has reignited a campaign for more inclusion and representation in Hollywood.

#TBT: In 2002, Wenji Opera Explores Themes of Dislocation and 'Biculturalism'

A scene from the chamber opera Wenji: Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute with actor Zhou Long (L) and actress Xiu Ying in 2002. (Jack Vartoogian/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A 2002 chamber opera documents the life of a Chinese poet who lived 1,800 years ago.

The Hysterical World of Professional Funeral Mourners

Professional mourner Hu Xinglian works a funeral in China's southwestern city of Chongqing on June 1, 2011. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

A new play in Los Angeles centers around a hysterical — but traditional — custom that is found all over Asia.

Interview: Capturing North Korea's People in 3D

Matjaž Tančič
Multimedia

What the Beijing-based photographer Matjaž Tančič found when he took 3D portraits of North Koreans

Kevin Rudd: How to Bring India's Growth Online

Visitors walk past one of the pavilions of the 'Make in India Week' in Mumbai on February 14, 2016. Over 190 companies, and 5,000 delegates from 60 countries, are taking part in the first 'Make in India' week held in Mumbai from February 13-18. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In a new op-ed, the president of the Asia Society Policy Institute calls for the country to join APEC.

20 Colorized Photos from Early 20th Century Korea

Recently released photos show life in early 20th century Korea.
Current AffairsMultimedia

Photographs newly released from the New York Public Library show daily life in Korea during the early Japanese colonial period (1910-1945).

From Chairman Mao to Kung Fu Panda: Wu Man Reflects on Playing the Pipa

Musician Wu Man holds her pipa. (Stephen Kahn)
ArtsEducation

The acclaimed traditional Chinese musician discusses learning her craft amid the Cultural Revolution, and how she's sought to bridge cultures through music.