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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks at Asia Society in New York on September 27, 2017. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

Asia Abridged Podcast: Jackie Chan on Cheating Death

In a rollicking 2013 discussion at Asia Society in New York, an animated Jackie Chan spent almost as much time out of his seat as in it. (C. Bay Milin)
ArtsLifestyle

In this episode, we hear the legendary action star talk candidly about his most famous scene — and other stunts he says he honestly thought might kill him. Some nearly did.

Viet Thanh Nguyen Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

The Vietnamese-American author previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel The Sympathizer.

Asia Abridged Podcast: North Korea and the Nuclear Weapon It Can't Use

(AFP)
Policy

Daniel Russel explains why, rhetoric aside, U.S.-North Korea policy has changed less than people think. 

How the ASEAN 'Miracle' Is a Model for the Middle East

A man rides his bicycle in front of the ASEAN logo near the venue for the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) meeting in Manila on August 4, 2017. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

The organization transformed a region torn by war, corruption, and poverty. Here's why its success could provide a template for others.

How Is China's Economic Reform Going? Here's How To Find Out

An investor watches stock price movements on a screen at a securities company in Beijing. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A new online "dashboard" will go beyond GDP and assess the true health of the world's second-largest economy.

Why Trump's Iran Posture May Be 'More Carrot Than Stick' to the Country's Hardliners

A pro-government demonstrator holds aloft a picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at Tehran University. (Getty)
Current Affairs

At the UN, President Trump again flirted with jettisoning the Iran nuclear deal, which may hinder reforms in the country that he wants to see.

'Descent Into Darkness': Looking Back at the My Lai Massacre

A display at the My Lai Memorial Site in My Lai village, Vietnam. (Adam Jones/Flickr)
Current Affairs

Author Howard Jones discusses his new book on one of the most infamous chapters of the Vietnam War and American military history.

Why Strengthening Institutions Is the Key to Preserving Peace in Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a banquet dinner during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 4, 2017. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

At a time of rising nationalism and deep uncertainty, a new report from the Asia Society Policy Institute argues that regional institutionalism is crucial to maintaining Asia's "long peace."

'Abacus' Family Warns Their Ordeal Should Be A Wake Up Call

Thomas and Hwei Lin Sung speak at Asia Society in New York on September 6, 2017. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The Chinese American family behind the only bank to be prosecuted in the wake of the financial crisis tells their story.

Asia Abridged Podcast: The 'Horrific' Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

A Rohingya refugee girl looks on at newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar on September 6, 2017. (K M ASAD/AFP/Getty)
Current AffairsPolicy

Asia Society's Debra Eisenman discusses the ongoing rape and killing of the group often called "the world's most persecuted minority."