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Asia Society Turns 60

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. Throughout these decades, the Society has hewed close to John D. Rockefeller 3rd’s aim to marry policy with culture.

Hence the range of people who make appearances here — from presidents and prime ministers to performing arts troupes; from Ravi Shankar to Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi to Yo-Yo Ma, from Jack Ma to Jackie Chan to Jacqueline Kennedy. “We founders of Asia Society were confident,” Rockefeller said, on the occasion of Asia Society’s 10th anniversary, “that Asians and Americans are capable of a richer and more meaningful understanding, because of shared hopes and aspirations.” We hope that the film — and the photographs — offer examples of a richer and more meaningful understanding that has been achieved in these last 60 years. (22 min., 6 sec.)


Arts
 /  India
The performance was part of Asia Society Mumbai's program Sense and Sensibility: Culture and the Conduct of Life.
Arts
 /  New York
Composer Huang Ruo and librettist Bao-Long Chu discuss the chamber opera 'Bound,' inspired by a Texas honor roll student. Following the conversation, performers Fang Tao Jiang and Guang Yang sing excerpts from the work.
Policy
 /  New York
Experts discuss new ideas for regional security involving Australia, Japan, India, and the U.S.
Arts
 /  New York
A panel discussion featuring noted collectors of Indian art speaking on the role of passion, art appreciation, and aesthetics with regards to their private collections. Moderated by Asia Society Museum Director Boon Hui Tan.
Arts
 /  India
Jyotindra Jain and Annapurna Garimella discuss the artist Jangarh Singh Shyam's expansive body of work and the mediated demarcations between folk and contemporary art.
Current Affairs
 /  Northern California
Highlights held in conjunction with the launch of the landmark photo and video documentary exhibition on climate change.
Current Affairs
 /  Northern California
Learn more about the landmark documentary photography and video exhibition presented by the Center on U.S.-China Relations.
Policy
 /  New York
Mohib delivered a talk about his country's security situation before participating in a conversation with NYU Afghanistan expert Barnett Rubin.
Policy
Speakers and participants discuss the changing landscape of soft power in Southeast Asia.
Arts
 /  India
Homi K. Bhabha, Nandita Das, T.M. Krishna and Yo-Yo Ma discuss the role of cultural hospitality and creativity in a world where communities are divided by ideologies of exclusion.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Natashya Gutierrez of Vice Media Asia delivers a presentation on declining press freedom across the continent.
Business
 /  New York
Food and lifestyle platform founder and TV presenter Danielle Chang leads a discussion on Asian influence in the beauty, health, and wellness industries. She spoke to pharmacist Stanley George and food market director Sophia Tsao.