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Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam by Liza Béar
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The two filmmakers on their new documentary, Web Junkie, about rehabbing the addicted youth of China.

A Short History of the Limited Edition by Tan Lin

What is the family history of a cookbook like The Joy of Cooking?

Joseph Grima’s Instant Asia by Carlos Brillembourg
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Just when we thought of Asia as fertile territory for the monumental interventions of a handful of star architects, Joseph Grima features a few projects that let us in on the true nature of the architecture shaping contemporary China, South Korea, and Japan. Although Grima’s methodology, which he calls a “Polaroid of a changing continent,” is fragmentary, the result is holistic. 

Stormy Weather: Yin Tian by Susan Y Chi
Shen Wei Dance Arts by Guy Gallo
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As of this writing, only a handful of New Yorkers have entered the delightfully mesmeric world of Shen Wei Dance Arts. As of your reading, the company will have premiered Rites of Spring and Folding at the Lincoln Center Festival.

Zhang Yimou’s Not One Less by Mark Magill
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Centered around a 13-year-old substitute teacher in a remote and impoverished rural village, Not One Less delivers an important lesson in worth.

Lost Years by David Marshall Chan

Out there on the road we didn’t have much to do, so when the orange butterflies first appeared to us they were a welcome distraction. 

Li-Young Lee by James Lee
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What took three nights to write and five years to prepare for, Li-Young Lee’s memoir The Winged Seed: A Remembrance takes poetic thought and language to a whole new level.

Han Ong by Jessica Hagedorn
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Novelist, playwright, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Han Ong has a lively discussion with Jessica Hagedorn about the marginalization of artists of color, his childhood in Manila, and his rapid rise to fame.

Chen Kaige by Peggy Chiao & Lawrence Chua
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As a member of the Fifth Generation, Chen Kaige was key in reintroducing Chinese cinema to the world. Here he talks to Lawrence Chua and Peggy Chaio on the set of what was to become his most well-known film, Farewell My Concubine.

Vikram Seth by Ameena Meer
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Vikram Seth discusses what it means to be an Indian writer, the art of translation, and living in China in the early ’80s.

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