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Book Excerpt: 'Northern Girls' by Sheng Keyi


In this excerpt from her debut novel, one of China's leading new novelists puts a human face on the phenomenon of mass migration. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Tuesday, November 27.

Video: For Vir Das and Other South Asian Comics, the Best Punchline is Life Unfolding

Actor and comedian Vir Das performing a stand-up skit in India.

As actor and comedian Vir Das prepares to discuss comedy and its social function with Asia Society's India Centre, we take a look at how several South Asian comics use humor to tell the stories of our lives.

Photo of the Day: Sunrise Over a Bustling Tokyo

The sunrises over a bustling cityscape in Tokyo, Japan on September 11, 2012. (Guy Gorek/Flickr)

The sun rises over a bustling cityscape in Tokyo, Japan on September 11, 2012. (Guy Gorek/Flickr)

Audio: Expert Says Timing of Obama's Myanmar Visit 'Exactly Right'

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop at her private residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Pete Souza/U.S. Department of State)

Asked for comment by WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio explains why President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia is the right move at the right time.

Hugs and Honors for Chinese Teen at White House Arts Education Ceremony

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Lianyun Wu during an awards ceremony for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 19, 2012. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A White House award recognizes thirteen-year-old Lianyun Wu, from rural southwestern China, for her work preserving the cultural heritage of the indigenous Dong people.

Photo of the Day: Rainy Day Stroll in China

Friends take a walk in the rain in Guangminglou, Beijing, China on September 25, 2012. (Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr)

Friends take a walk in the rain in Guangminglou, Beijing, China on September 25, 2012. (Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr)

Asia Society Hong Kong Event Honors Zao Wou-ki, a Global Artist Ahead of His Time

A woman walks past the world's largest triptych ever, produced by painter Zao Wou-ki and displayed at the Christie's Hong Kong Spring Auction preview in Hong Kong on May 26, 2005. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of a panel discussion this week at Asia Society Hong Kong, scholar Melissa Walt explains what makes Zao Wou-ki one of the pre-eminent modern Chinese artists.

Photos: Obama Visits Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

On a three-day tour of Southeast Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia in a diplomatic exchange intended to encourage political reform.

It's Not Too Late to Help Asia Society Students Left Homeless by Hurricane Sandy

View from a Staten Island public park. (Tomathon/Creative Commons)

News of Hurricane Sandy is disappearing from the headlines. But the devastation remains, including for many students in Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network.

Obama Takes a Crucial Step Toward Southeast Asia

L to R: U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, Ambassador David Carden, U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama at the ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Flickr/The White House)

President Barack Obama's visit to Southeast Asia, representing the first time a sitting American president has visited either Cambodia or Myanmar, is unprecedented in its timing and chosen itinerary.