I've collaborated with Asia Society on several occasions here now, and have become increasingly convinced that the non-profit organization is an important force for forging closer ties between Asia and the West—that effectively utilizes the universal allure of culture and the arts to build bridges across borders.
Next week, I'll have some more of its new unique initiatives to share, but today I found an interesting discussion on artist and social activist Ai Weiwei, who's been in the news a lot recently following his detention by the Chinese government. This event brought together three experts, one of which was Vice President of Global Art Programs and Museum Director at the Asia Society Melissa Chiu. (The other two participants were Alison Klayman, the director of the upcoming documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Austin Ramzy, Beijing correspondent for TIME). A fuller transcript can be found at Artlog, at this link, but here are some revealing excerpts that came out of the talk: