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October 18, 2016

Last week, Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyajev died at age 88 after a 70-year reign. Amid numerous political uprisings and violent clashes, he’s served as a “unifying force,” says Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski. But his death now leaves a vacuum, as his much less popular son is poised to succeed him. In an interview with Asia Blog, John Ciorciari discusses what could happen with the succession, how much risk there is of instability, and what could happen to the country’s infamous lèse majesté laws.

Chinese-American novelist Ha Jin’s latest work, The Boat Rocker, follows the story of a fiercely principled Chinese expatriate reporter who produces a website read by Chinese people around the world. But in one assignment, he must investigate his ex-wife — an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. In this excerpt, the reporter receives his assignment and learns that his life will soon take an interesting turn.

At Asia Society in New York, four award-winning Southeast Asian born writers discussed the theme of identity and considered how divisions within their respective countries were further complicated when living in the United States. “Are we seen as American writers?” asked Philippine-born Jessica Hagedorn. “Are we seen as Filipina-American writers? Are we seen as Filipina writers — and just as expats who have been here forever?"
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