Asia Society hosts a keynote address by scholar Regina Krahl on the eve of a daylong symposium co-organized with Columbia University. This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.
Followed by a reception and a viewing of the Asia Society exhibition Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia.
As Western countries are experiencing the explosive growth of far-right political parties—some of which view Islam and its adherents as existential threats to western civilization—the newly released memoir Letters to a Young Muslim confronts some of the difficult questions facing Muslims today. In the form of personal letters to his sons, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash aims to inspire the next generation of Muslims to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging the modern world. Ambassador Ghobash examines both the everyday struggles of Muslims, as they face hostility from those who would lazily equate terrorism with their faith—but also the need for Muslims to take an active role against extremist narratives that have attracted many of the faith’s youth.
Join us for a program that will use Ambassador Ghobash’s book as a starting point for a conversation about what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century, and how governments—especially those under pressure from a fearful population—can best engage their Muslim populations.
In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump declared “America First,” reinforcing the belief that he would follow through on his campaign rhetoric—confrontation with China, but also what appeared to be a wavering of support for long-standing commitments to Japan and South Korea. Elsewhere in Asia, the speech appeared to be a confirmation that U.S. policy towards Asia would no longer be business as usual...or so it seemed.
Since the inauguration, President Trump has reversed his position on the “One China policy”—having previously regarded the position as “negotiable,” and the U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea have been reaffirmed following President Trump’s meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ trip to both Japan and South Korea, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meetings with his counterparts from both Japan and South Korea on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Germany. President Trump’s Asia policy appears to be moderating over time, but on almost every front, questions remain as to how the U.S. will proceed in Asia under his leadership.
Join us as Ian Bremmer and others review President Trump’s early moves in Asia in the first 100 days of his presidency, outstanding issues he will have to consider, and the challenges on the horizon.
Now in its fourteenth year, Asia Society’s “Oz Prize” is the premier honor bestowed for excellence in journalism on Asia. It honors the late Osborn Elliott, the legendary journalist and longtime Newsweek editor, who set new standards for reporting and editing and became one of the earliest practitioners of "civic journalism."
Join us as the host of the The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI, John Hockenberry, moderates a conversation featuring this year’s honoree. Jury Chair Marcus Brauchli, Managing Partner at North Base Media and former executive editor of The Washington Post, will present the 2017 award.
Past winners of the Oz Prize include: Surdarsan Raghavan of The Washington Post (2016), Bloomberg News team (2015), Reuters team (2014), Bloomberg News team (2013), April Rabkin, Fast Company (2012), Keith Bradsher of The New York Times (2010), International Herald Tribune team (2009), Shai Oster of The Wall Street Journal (2008), Evan Osnos of the Chicago Tribune (2007), Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times and Matthew McAllester of Newsday (2006), Philip P. Pan of The Washington Post (2005), John Pomfret of The Washington Post (2004), and Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times (2003).