‘The tough choice before Muslims’ in the Indian elections

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As the Indian general election enters its second-largest and sixth phase today, Indian writer Ashraf Engineer explores how Muslim voters feel.

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Why Do Indians Vote?

Democracy in India

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

A wide-ranging exploration of the world’s largest democracy, what motivates its citizens to vote, what democracy means to them and the issues of the Indian election scheduled to take place around this time.

Wednesday 30 April

18.45 - 20.00

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'All layers of Indian society are engaged in the 2014 elections'

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No matter who the poor, middle-classes or the elite support, for the first time in India’s history since Independence, the bottom, the middle and the top layers of Indian society are linked in their embrace of democracy, writes research associate at Heidelberg University Aditya Ghosh.

John Keay – Midnight’s Descendants

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Midnight’s Descendants: South Asia from Partition to the Present Day is the first history of the region as a whole. Correlating and contrasting the fortunes of all the constituent nations over the last six decades, Keay will share unique insights into one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

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Wednesday 14 May

18.30 - 20.00

New Pan-Asian Fiction

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

A special preview of three new novels before they are published. Guo is one of Granta’s 2013 Best Young Authors. Her new novel, I Am China, is the story of young lovers separated during the Jasmine Revolution.

Tuesday 20 May

18.45 - 20.00

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New Frontiers in China Trade and Investment

Join Asia House, in partnership with the CBBC, for an event on Chinese investment in Asia. We will look at the opportunities that international companies are having partnering with Chinese companies in the region and how China’s development is opening new and exciting markets.

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Monday 19 May

09.00 - 12.00

With Keynote Speaker Gordon Orr, Chairman, McKinsey Asia

Opening Night

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Hanif Kureishi will be speaking about his latest and much-talked-about novel The Last Word with Razia Iqbal, BBC Special Correspondent and presenter of Talking Books.

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Tuesday 6 May 2014

18.45 - 20.00

Hanif Kureishi - The Last Word

Do you want to become an Asia House Young Reporter?

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We're currently looking for aspiring journalists aged 13-15 to join our Young Reporters programme on 10 May and 17 May.

Learn from media professionals, interview speakers and write stories for our online magazine.

The Vietnamese Market Cookbook

Join us for a talk, demonstration and lunchtime tasting of one of the world’s up and coming great cuisines with the creators of BanhMi11, whose award winning street food can be found at their shops, food stalls and pop-up diners across east and central London.

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Friday 16 May

12.00 - 14.00

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Asia House Performer in Residence: Yong Min Cho

Yong Min Cho is delivering a series of 20 minute free workshops at Asia House to engage the public with breathing and meditation.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 13.00

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Hanif Kureishi, Kamila Shamsie, Jonathan Fenby and Shazia Mirza feature in this year's stimulating mix of literary talks, performance, topical debate, humour, cookery, Tai Chi and family events.

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Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 6-21 May 2014

HE Mr Sungnam Lim, South Korean Ambassador and Samir Brikho, CEO of AMEC

An exclusive briefing for Asia House Corporate Members to discuss the current geopolitical, economic and investment climate in South Korea, as well as the EU –Korea FTA, the EU's first comprehensive trade deal with an Asian country.

Tuesday 29 April

08.00 for 08.30 - 09.30

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Top: HE Mr Sungnam Lim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
Left: Samir Brikho, CEO, AMEC

'The relationship with a mother transcends cultural differences'

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Best-selling Korean author Kyung-sook Shin spoke about how the relationship we have with our mothers is the same no matter which country we are from. British Pakistani author Qaisra Shahraz and South Korean author Krys Lee discussed the impact of migration at 'Separations'.

Changing Sexual Mores

We take a serious but illuminating look at dating, love, marriage, divorce and LGBT culture in the Middle East, India and Pakistan.

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Tuesday 13 May

18.45 - 20.00

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

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  • ‘The tough choice before Muslims’ in the 2014 Indian elections

    24/04/14

    As India enters the sixth phase of its elections, Ashraf Enginer explores how the Muslims feel.

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  • ‘All layers of Indian society are engaged in the 2014 elections’

    22/04/14

    The rise of AAP has inspired India’s poor to be as involved as the elite in these elections.

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  • ‘The relationship with a mother transcends cultural differences’

    17/04/14

    Best-selling author Kyung-sook Shin speaks about the relationship we all have with our mothers.

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    Exclusive Briefing on South Korea

    29/04/14 08:00

    HE Mr Sungnam Lim and Samir Brikho will join our Corporate Members for a private briefing.

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    Why Do Indians Vote? Democracy in India

    30/04/14 18:45

    Mukulika Banerjee, Patrick French, Lord Meghnad Desai and Salil Tripathi discuss why India votes.

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    Hanif Kureishi – The Last Word – Openi

    06/05/14 18:45

    Opening Night of the Literature Festival with author Hanif Kureishi and the BBC’s Razia Iqbal.

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