Asia Society Turns 60

The Asia Society was founded in New York on June 28, 1956, with a mission to build bridges of understanding between the peoples of Asia and the United States, and to use culture and policy as the primary tools for its bridge-building. Asia Society sprung from John D. Rockefeller 3rd’s profound impression — after repeated trips to Asia in the 1940s and 1950s — that Americans understood poorly the cultures of those nations and peoples he had come to know. This year, we celebrate the many ways Asia Society has executed that mission over the past six decades, from Mr. Rockefeller’s early stewardship of the institution to its global expansion, from its impactful policy work to inspiring exhibitions and performances, and from Asian and American leaders who have graced the Asia Society stage.

To honor the institution's 60 year journey come and check out the special lobby installation 60 on 60: Asia Society Celebrates Six Decades in Photographs now on display through January 7, 2017. 

As a companion to the exhibition of photographs, Asia Society presents a short film about these 60 years — from the story of its founding and early years, to its evolution from a Manhattan institution to a global network of 12 centers. The film — narrated by Asia Society Trustee Emeritus Tom Brokaw — features interviews with the four living presidents of the institution and a range of memorable moments from its history.

Watch the video below: