Queens Library Partners with Asia Society to Present Free Programs in Flushing

Posted by: jking, September 11, 2015 4:49 pm
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Asia Society In Queens

Queens Library is partnering with Asia Society to bring some of its award-winning programs directly to library patrons in Queens. This collaboration will showcase current events and cultural changes, and introduce new, perhaps little-known, aspects of Asia to the 2.3 million residents of Queens—the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world!

Admission to all programs is free. All programs will take place at Flushing Community Library, 41-17 Main Street near Kissena Boulevard. To guarantee seating, please register using the links provided. 





Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Visualizing China's Pollution

Michael Zhao, ChinaFile Environment Editor

In China, air pollution remains a major—and literally visible—problem that shows no signs of going away, except when Beijing shuts down industry for events such as the military parade and the Olympic Games. Launched in 2012, the website China Air Daily publishes near real time snapshots of the sky in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and, for comparison, New York City and Phoenix. The project—produced with Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations—provides a visual record of air quality and pollution in China’s main cities.

Michael Zhao, creator of China Daily, will join Queens Library to discuss his work as a multimedia journalist focused on environmental issues in China.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms

Dr. Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Curator for Traditional Asian Art at Asia Society

Before the Spanish colonized the Philippines, little-known kingdoms flourished in the region. "Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms," on display this fall at Asia Society, showcases recently excavated objects that highlight the unprecedented creativity, prosperity, and sophisticated metalworking tradition of the precolonial period.

Dr. Adriana Proser will join Queens Library to discuss these stunning gold treasures from the Philippines that are not only historically significant, but which demonstrate a rich cultural heritage.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Author Event—The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream

Dan Washburn, Chief Content Officer at Asia Society

Join award-winning journalist Dan Washburn for a discussion of his recent book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, which uses the politically taboo topic of golf to paint what critics have called “an illuminating portrait of modern China.” The Forbidden Game follows the lives of three men intimately involved in China’s bizarre golf scene, where new golf courses are at once banned and booming. Washburn, who lived in China from 2002 to 2011, spent more than seven years researching and writing the book described as “strikingly original” by The Wall Street Journal and “gripping” by The Economist. The Forbidden Game was named one of the best books of the year by The Financial Times.

Washburn will be in conversation with Brendan I. Koerner, the Queens-based author of the critically acclaimed The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking and Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier’s Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II, the book described as “strikingly original” by The Wall Street Journal and “gripping” by The Economist.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Author Event—China’s Millennials: The Want Generation

Eric Fish, Content Producer at Asia Society

Join journalist Eric Fish for a discussion of his first book, China’s Millennials: The Want Generation, which profiles Chinese youth from around the country and how they are navigating the education system, the workplace, divisive social issues, and a  resurgence in activism. Brought up with lofty expectations, China’s Millennials have been accustomed to unprecedented opportunities on the back of China’s economic boom. But today, China’s growth is slowing and its demographics rapidly shifting, with the boom years giving way to a painful hangover.

Fish, a millennial himself, first moved to China in 2007, where he taught Chinese university students and then earned his master’s degree at Tsinghua University. Through his time both teaching and studying, he became drawn to the stories of young Chinese who were coming of age.


Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution.