Asia Society in 2018: A Year in Pictures

2018 marked another eventful year for Asia Society at our 13 locations around the world. As we look forward to what lies ahead in 2019, here are some of our favorite moments from the last 12 months.

Asia Society New York Indian Dance

Dancers and choreographers Sheetal Gandhi, Hari Krishnan, Parul Shah and Kuldeep Singh present recent works that speak to contemporary issues using unique interpretations of traditional Indian dance forms at Asia Society New York on October 27, 2018. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

Asia Society Game Changers 2018

President Bill Clinton (left) presented former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi (center) with her Game Changer of the Year award at the 2018 Asia Game Changers Awards in New York on October 9, 2018. Here, they stand alongside Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran (right). (Joshua Wong/Guest of a Guest/Asia Society)

Asia Society India Gurcharan Das

Author and public intellectual Gurcharan Das addresses the audience during a conversation on his work 'Kama: The Riddle of Desire' in Mumbai hosted by Asia Society India on October 25, 2018. (Asia Society)

Ssitkimkut Asia Society

Performers at Asia Society New York on May 18, 2018 stage a Ssitkimkut, an extraordinary Korean ritual for the dead that layers singing, dancing, instrumental, and theatrical performance, creating a strikingly unique art form. (Maria Baranova/Asia Society)

Coal+ Ice Fort Mason

A family makes their way through COAL + ICE, a multimedia exhibition that addresses the global impact of climate change, held at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco from September 4, 2018, to September 23, 2018, and presented by Asia Society Northern California and the Center for U.S.-China Relations. (Asia Society)

Asia Society Texas ExploreAsia

Campers at Asia Society Texas' cultural education ExploreAsia day camp took to the stage with 50 hand-crafted shadow puppets in a performance of six short stories on July 23, 2018 to July 27, 2018. (Chris Dunn/Asia Society)

Asia Society Texas Persistence of Memory

On September 22, 2018, the Taiwanese modern dance company T.T.C. Dance perform the piece Persistence of Memory at Asia Society Texas. (Chris Dunn/Asia Society)

Caroline Kennedy Asia Society Japan

Asia Society global trustee Ambassador Caroline Kennedy delivers opening remarks at the inaugural event of Asia Society Japan in Tokyo on October 30, 2018. (Taishi Yokotsuka/Asia Society)

Asia Society Hong Kong Mila

Actors from Asia Society Hong Kong's chamber opera Mila, a story about the richness and complexity in Hong Kong’s cultural composition, perform during the show's world premiere run from January 18, 2018, to January 21, 2018. (Asia Society Hong Kong)

Asia Society Texas Red Baraat

The Brooklyn-based bhangra fusion band Red Baraat put on a lively free outdoor concert with Asia Society Texas on October 26, 2018. (Chris Dunn/Asia Society)

Asia Society Australia panel

Panelists speak at the ASEAN 360° event held at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney on March 12, 2018, ahead of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney (L-R, Dr. Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales; Anna Green, CEO, ANZ Philippines; Jewel Topsfield, former Indonesia Correspondent, Fairfax; Dr. Aim Sinpeng, University of Sydney; and Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Asia Society Global Co-Chair.) (Jette Radley/Asia Society Australia)

Ink & Drink Asia Society New York

"Ink and Drink" party guests enjoy Sun Xun's Time Vivarium video at Asia Society New York, June 22, 2018. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

Scott Morrison Asia Society Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivers the keynote address at Asia Briefing Live, a new annual executive forum that takes the pulse of Asia as well as Australia's engagement with the region. The event was co-hosted by Asia Society Australia and Bloomberg on November 1, 2018. (Asia Society Australia)


Asia Society Switzerland

An eager reader of author Alec Ash's Young Lives in China thumbs through her copy of the book after a conversation with Ash and Asia Society's Nico Luchsinger at Asia Society Switzerland on January 1, 2018. (André Hengst/Asia Society)

Asia Society Hong Kong AR

Augmented reality artwork in action as seen through the site-specific commission titled When We are Disappearing in the Digital by Clara Chen, part of the Liminal Encounters: An Augmented Reality exhibition which is on view at Asia Society Hong Kong from November 7, 2018, to January 6, 2019. (Asia Society Hong Kong)

Mahathir Mohamad Asia Society

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in conversation on September 27, 2018 at Asia Society New York. The conversation was part of a series of programming related to the United Nations General Assembly. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

NCLC 2018

Skyridge High School students Spencer Baird and Emily Jensen perform at the opening plenary for the Center for Global Education at Asia Society's annual National Chinese Language Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 17, 2018. (David Keith/Asia Society)

Asia21 Philippines

Members of the class of 2018 gathered in Manila, Philippines for the annual Asia 21 Young Leaders summit on November 14, 2018. While in Manila, the group participated in team building exercises around the city, in addition to informative panels on leadership as well as the shaping of Asia's future. (Arby Larano/Asia Society)

Asia Society Northern California Coal + Ice

At “Long Conversation” during COAL + ICE on September 9, 2018, Peter Schwartz (left), member of the Asia Society Northern California Board and senior vice president of strategic planning at, interviews Jiang Lin (right), Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. “The Long Conversation” is Asia Society Northern California’s and the Long Now Foundation latest collaboration, a relay series of conversations over the course of three and a half hours with a speaker changing every 15 minutes. (Kevin Kunze/Asia Society)

Music and Dance of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Asia Society New York hosts a performance by the court dancers and musicians of Yogyakarta on November 11, 2018 in conjunction with a visit from Hamengkubuwono X, the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

Michelle Yeoh Asia Society Southern California

Actors and stars of Crazy Rich Asians Jimmy O. Yang, Michelle Yeoh, and Nico Santos pose for a photo during the U.S.-China Entertainment Gala Dinner hosted by Asia Society Southern California on Oct. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging/Asia Society)

T.M. Krishna Asia Society

Popular Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna performs in Mumbai on June 2, 2018, in a performance hosted by Asia Society India. (Asia Society)


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