Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Gateway to Asian culture in New York

Originally uploaded by lools.

I just discovered an organization called the Asia Society.
My friend, Sujatha, invited me to go with her to the launch of Strobe Talbott's book: Enagaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy and the Bomb.

Strobe's speech was very insightful to me and I learnt a lot about Indo-American relations. I hadn't realized what a key role Bill Clinton had played in bringing the two countries closer after the relationship plunged to an all-time low when India conducted nuclear tests in May, 1998. It was reassuring to hear from Strobe that outsourcing is a non-issue and that the the economists at the Brookings Institute (which he heads up) agree that it actually creates a net positive effect on all parties involved.

I'm really looking forward to going to upcoming events, especially a screening of "The Chess Player", a rarely shown Satyajit Ray classic.

If you're interested in Asian art and design, check out the society's new microsite on "Asia in New York City". It has lots of cool features, interviews and guides.

725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021


Blogger gs said...

strobe talbott is well known in india for his insightful writings on indo-american relations.i haven't read the book which you have mentioned though.bill clinton warmed up to india during his second term in office.he became some sort of a indophile.and did a lot to improve bilateral relations.he is very popular in india.he even represents ambanis in the usa as a consultant.satyajit ray was an oustanding director.happy to know that you are getting an ooportunity to see his movie.unfortunately,he received greater recognition abroad than in india!.

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