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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the largest military engagement in Europe in decades, threatening not only Ukraine’s sovereignty but also the post-World War II global order. The implications for countries around the world are enormous — not least in Asia. How will China — which recently declared that its relationship with Russia had “no limits” — react? And what are the stakes for India, Japan, and countries in Southeast Asia?
The actor Kal Penn has enjoyed one of the most unusual careers in recent Hollywood history. Born in New Jersey to Indian immigrant parents, Penn achieved mainstream success in the 2004 cult classic Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle before stepping aside to work for two years in the Obama administration as a liaison to young Asian Americans. In the years since, Penn has resumed his acting career — but has maintained a voice in public life.
Chinese American author Amy Tan is best known for her critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club, a novel that examines the lives of four Chinese immigrant families in San Francisco. In 1993, she adapted the novel into a groundbreaking movie — the first Hollywood-produced film featuring an all Asian American and predominantly female cast.