Each week, we’ll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by the Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this digest, immerse yourself in music, dance, and more by innovative performing artists.

Special Program: Author and Poet Mieko Kawakami in Conversation with Author Roland Kelts

Asia Society Japan Center presents their first literature program, featuring feminist author and poet Mieko Kawakami (Breasts and Eggs) in conversation with Japanese American author and editor Roland Kelts. The two will discuss Breasts and Eggs, Kawakami’s roots in Osaka, and her exquisite short stories — some of which have been translated into English and published in the English-language literary journal Monkey Business, whose newly revived version Monkey debuts this month. Monkey founding editor, scholar, and translator Motoyuki Shibata will introduce their conversation.

This conversation takes place October 17, 8 p.m. Central Time.

Learn more about this program »

Mind the Gap 16: Virtual Edition

On October 5, Dance Source Houston hosted a virtual Mind the Gap performance featuring original solo works by local dancemakers Josh EguiaKaren ImasPatricia SolorzanoEmalie Vann Thok, and Ke’Ron Wilson. We want to particularly call out the performance Home Rom (Home Dance) Homrong (Overture): A Contemporary Cambodian Theater Dance by Emalie Vann Thok — a longtime Asia Society Texas Center volunteer and docent!

Moon Festival with Wu Man

In this musical celebration of the Mid-Autumn “Moon” Fetival, Wu Man guides audiences through the sounds and history of these long-standing festivities culminating in the world premiere of “Reflections on Blue Lake,” written by Wu Man and performed with the renowned Kronos Quartet. The quartet joined Asia Society Texas Center last year for a performance of their A Thousand Thoughts documentary, but they’re not the only familiar faces in this video — keep an eye out around the 10-minute mark for a guest appearance by Wu Wei, the sheng virtuoso who performed with us last fall!

Watch the performance »

Pro Chef Makes 1 Fried Rice 4 Ways (Golden, Ketchup, Buffalo, XO)

Lucas Sin of Junzi Kitchen in New York City makes his Golden Fried Rice recipe, then makes three variations of it with a few ingredients: Ketchup Fried Rice, Buffalo Chicken Fried Rice, and Asparagus, XO and Egg White Fried Rice! Courtesy of Food & Wine’s Chefs at Home series, where professional chefs transform a single recipe or ingredient into easily cooked home meals.

Business and Policy programs are endowed by Huffington Foundation. We give special thanks to Bank of America, Muffet Blake, Anne and Albert Chao, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Nancy Pollok Guinee, and United Airlines, Presenting Sponsors of Business and Policy programs; Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, Presenting Sponsors of Exhibitions; Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Milton D. Rosenau, Presenting Sponsors of Performing Arts and Culture; Wells Fargo, Presenting Sponsor of Education & Outreach; and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Presenting Sponsor of the Japan Series. General support of programs and exhibitions is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, Inc., the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, McKinsey & Company, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Vinson & Elkins LLP, and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as Friends of Asia Society.

About Asia Society at Home

We are dedicated to continuing our mission of building cross-cultural understanding and uplifting human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, in order to spark curiosity about Asia and to foster empathy.

About Asia Society Texas Center

With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.

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