Asia Society

Asia Society

The Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization whose mission is to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States. It was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III, the third-generation member of the Rockefeller family.

The Society's New York headquarters exhibits the Rockefeller Collection of Asian Art which includes some of the most important masterpieces of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Tibetan, Nepalese, Cambodian and Indonesian art in existence.


The Society aims to prepare Asians and Americans for a shared future by increasing knowledge and enhancing dialog, encouraging creative expression, and generating new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts and culture. It reaches audiences around the world through its headquarters in New York City, along with a Center on US-China Relations, and regional centers in Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul and Shanghai.

A nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization, the Society provides a forum for building awareness of the more than thirty countries broadly defined as the Asia-Pacific region - the area from Japan to Iran, and from Central Asia to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. It also has a fellows program which supports full-time resident fellows at the Society with the mission to shape public understanding of social and political developments in Asia. [ [ Asia Society Projects - New York Times, 2006] ]

Through art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, seminars and conferences, publications and media assistance, and materials and programs for students and teachers, the Asia Society is a global educational organization dedicated to increasing the understanding of the culture, history, and contemporary affairs of Asia. It also co-sponsors the "US-Asia Update Roundtable Series" at New York's Council on Foreign Relations. [ [ Council on Foreign Relations] ]

Exhibits change several times throughout the year. A recent example has been "An Enduring Legacy: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection", featuring significant sculptures, paintings, ceramics, prints and bronzes from the Society's own holdings.

The Society maintains that international studies should be a new basic for all students in the world. In its efforts to bring this about, it has joined up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work with urban school districts to create small, international studies secondary schools.


The American International Group (AIG) was the major sponsor of the Society's 50th anniversary in 2006. The Society is also supported by contributions from foundations, including both the family's Rockefeller Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and major corporations (see below). Prominent individuals also support its activities, such as the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Henry Kissinger, Rupert Murdoch [] and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (the founder's son), and his son Charles, who are both trustees of the Society.

Another supporter of the Society is the new UN Secretary-General, the South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, who gave an address to the Society on September 25, 2006. [ [ Address to the Asia Society by new UN Secretary-General] ]

Mark Rockefeller (the youngest son of Nelson) and his wife Renee are vice chairmen of the Gala Committee of the Society. The Society's New York Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street). The chairman of the executive committee is former US Ambassador and long-time associate of the Rockefeller family, Richard Holbrooke; its president is "Vishakha N. Desai", who also sits on the board of the Brookings Institution.

Gala Committee chairmen

Annual Dinner Gala Committee:
*Honorary Chairman
**John D. Rockefeller IV
*Gala Chairmen
**Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
**Sant S. Chatwal, "Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, LLC"
**Stephen H. Long, Citigroup International
**Martin J. Sullivan, American International Group, Inc.

ome major corporate benefactors

*American International Group
*Getty Foundation
*Merrill Lynch
*Morgan Stanley
*SonySome major sponsors:
*American Express
*JP Morgan ChaseSome major contributors:
*Blackstone Group
*Carlyle Group
*Johnson & Johnson
*Time Warner


ee also

*Rockefeller family
*David Rockefeller
*John D. Rockefeller III
*John D. Rockefeller IV
*Mark Rockefeller
*Richard Holbrooke
*Kofi Annan
*United Nations
*Henry Kissinger
*Rockefeller Foundation

External links

* [ The Asia Society Homepage]
* [ South Korean Ban Ki-moon set to become UN Secretary-General] Includes an interview conducted by the Asia Society's "AsiaSource" with the new UN Secretary-General, on September 26, 2006.
* [ H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea - Address to Asia Society in New York, September 25, 2006.] Includes praise for the Asia Society for its work in strengthening relations between the US and Asia.
* [ Address by President Hu Jintao, of the People’s Republic of China] His address to the Asia Society on visit to the US in April, 2006.
* [ Asia Society: Society’s 50th Milestone Honors Rockefellers] Includes Jay Rockefeller and son Charles, Peggy Dulany, Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger and Kofi Annan.
* [ Society Gala 50TH Anniversary Dinner Speeches]
* [ Art Collecting, the Rockefeller Way] May, 2006 "New York Times" article on the Asia Society's 50th celebration.
* [ The symbol of the Asia Society is the leogryph.]
* [ Asia Society resources for teachers and students]
* [ Asia Society's art collection]
* [ Asia Society's work in educational policy]
* [ Asia Society's schools network]

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