Pico Iyer — A Beginner’s Guide to Japan
Meet the Author: Pico Iyer — Guide to Japan for Beginners. The quintessential global wanderer, Pico Iyer has published two books on Japan this year: Autumn Light and A Beginner's Guide to Japan. After thirty plus years in Japan, Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. Followed by a book sale and signing.
When & Where
Asia Society 725 Park Avenue
Recommended Shows (6)
Perspectives on Hong Kong’s Protests
This June, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the so-called “Extradition Bill”, creating one of the most profound political crises since the 1997 handover. Critics fear that the bill would be abused for political reasons to extradite individuals to mainland China, and there are also concerns over China’s legal system with respect to human rights and due process. Though the protests have led Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam to suspend the bill in the legislature, it has not been fully withdrawn from consideration. Some protesters have added other demands — Carrie Lam’s resignation investigations into police abuse during the protests, and renewed demands for universal suffrage.
Join us for a special briefing with two members of Hong Kong’s legislature, Dennis Kwok and Alvin Yeung, who will share their insights on the future of Hong Kong’s political landscape.
Next event8/15/2019 8:00 AM
Next event9/18/2019 11:00 AM
Fatima Bhutto—New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop
Meet the Author: Fatima Bhutto - New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop. Fatima Bhutto offers a vivid look at the popular culture emerging from the East, challenging America’s soft power dominance. She travels widely and interviews leading figures in the new global pop culture, most notably Shah Rukh Khan, the reclusive Bollywood actor-singer-dancer and the world’s number-one star. She shows how this new pop culture combines secular modernity with traditional values and is voraciously consumed by millions, from villages to megacities in a globalized world. In conversation with Nermeen Sheikh, Co-Host and News Producer at Democracy Now!. Followed by a book sale and signing.
Next event10/1/2019 6:30 PM
Azra Raza in Conversation with Siddhartha Mukherjee
Meet the Author: Azra Raza in Conversation with Siddhartha Mukherjee. Why has so little progress been made in diagnosing and treating cancer over the past few decades and how can physicians, researchers, and patients advocate for more effective research and humane treatments? Join us for a conversation with Azra Raza, professor of Medicine and director of the MDS Center at Columbia University and author of The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of Pulitzer Prize winner The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Followed by a book sale and signing. Part of Asian in America.
Next event10/21/2019 6:30 PM
Meet the ‘Asia Game Changers’
It’s one of the highlights of the Asia Society calendar: the day we honor the annual class of Asia Game Changers. Join us for a special opportunity – before the awards are actually given – to meet some of the remarkable women who are being honored this year, the ‘Class of 2019’.
Next event10/24/2019 1:30 PM
President’s Forum: Ambassador William J. Burns
Next event10/30/2019 6:30 PM