Asia Society

The Asia Society is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia. It has several centers around the world; these centers are overseen by the Society’s headquarters in New York, which includes a museum that exhibits the Rockefeller collection of Asian art and rotating exhibits with pieces from many Asian countries including China, India and Korea. On June 10, 2013 Josette Sheeran, former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme and Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, became the seventh president and CEO of the institution. On October 21, 2014 Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, was named president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, the organization's think tank; the Asia Society defines the region of Asia as the area from Japan to Iran, from central Asia to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The Asia Society is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose aim is to build awareness about Asian politics, education and culture through education.

The organization sponsors the exhibitions of art, film and programs for students and teachers. The programs are aimed at increasing knowledge of society with a focus on human rights, global health and the position of women; the Asia Society's original focus was explaining aspects about Asia to Americans, Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times said that it was "ong regarded as a New York institution with regional branches". Around 2011 the society was refocusing efforts on augmenting partnerships amongst Asians and between Asians and Americans in business, culture and public policy. In 2011 Pogrebin said "over the last few years has aimed to recast itself as an international organization through the construction of the two major centers in cities where it had only offices"; the Asia Society was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III. Established to promote greater knowledge of Asia in the US, today the Society is a global institution—with offices throughout the US and Asia—that fulfills its educational mandate through a wide range of cross-disciplinary programming.

As economies and cultures have become more interconnected, the Society's programs have expanded to address Asian American issues, the effects of globalization, pressing concerns in Asia including human rights, the status of women, environmental and global health issues such as HIV/AIDS. The organization's records are held at the Rockefeller Archive Center in North Tarrytown, NY; the Society's Manhattan headquarters, at Park Avenue and East 70th Street on the Upper East Side, is a nine-story building faced in smooth red Oklahoma granite designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in 1980. Since it replaced some old brownstones on one of the city's most prestigious streets, Barnes gave the building a strong facade to continue the line along Park, set it back from East 70th with a terraced garden buffering it between the street and the older houses on that block; the semicircular window on the upper story and variations in the color and finish of the granite are intended to evoke Asian cultures. Paul Goldberger, architecture critic at The New York Times, called it "an ambitious building, full of civilized intentions, some of which succeed and others that do not".

In the former category he put the overall shape. In 1999, it was closed for 18 months so that new interiors, designed by Bartholomew Voorsanger, could be built. During that time the society used the former Christie's Manhattan offices on 59th Street as a temporary home; the completed renovation included a 24-foot-high cafe. The expansion doubled the museum's exhibition space, allowing the society to put the entire Rockefeller Asian art collection on display. Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times said in 2011 that the Asia Society is "perhaps best known for the elegance of its headquarters and galleries on Park Avenue at 70th Street". Along with its New York headquarters, the Asia Society has centers throughout the United States and Asia. 2012 marked a major expansion, with the opening of multimillion-dollar buildings in Hong Kong and Houston, Texas. The Hong Kong complex, dedicated on February 9, 2012, is situated on the site of a former British military explosives magazine overlooking Victoria Harbour and includes numerous restored military buildings.

The project was designed by architects Tod Billie Tsien. The Houston building, located in the city's museum district, opened on May 6, 2012 and was designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi; the other American centers are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D. C. Other Asian centers are in Seoul, Manila and Mumbai. There is a center located in Sydney, Australia; the Texas Center first opened in 1979. The current 40,000-square-foot building, with a cost of $50 million, has a modernist style and was built with German-origin Jura limestone inspected by Taniguchi and his employees; the building includes glass walls, steam generated from the roofline, a garden as significant elements. At its 70th Street headquarters, The Asia Society Museum is host to both traditional and contemporary exhibitions, film screenings, literature and visual arts; the holdings include works from more than thirty Asian-Pacific countries including Hindu and Buddhist statuary, temple carvings, Chinese ceramics and paintings, Japanese art, contemporary art.

The museum's collection of traditional objects stems from a donation from Asia Society founder John D. Rockefeller III and Blanchette Ferry Hooker Roc


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Eutharic Cilliga was an Ostrogothic prince from Iberia who, during the early 6th century, served as Roman Consul and "son in arms" alongside the Byzantine emperor Justin I. He was the son-in-law and presumptive heir of the Ostrogoth king Theoderic the Great but died in AD 522 at the age of 42 before he could inherit Theoderic's title. Theoderic claimed that Eutharic was a descendant of the Gothic royal house of Amali and it was intended that his marriage to Theoderic's daughter Amalasuintha would unite the Gothic kingdoms, establish Theoderic's dynasty and further strengthen the Gothic hold over Italy. During his year of consulship in 519 relations with the East Roman Empire flourished and the Acacian schism between the Eastern and Western Christian churches was ended. Whilst Eutharic was nominally a statesman and soldier of the Roman Empire, he was an Arian, whose views clashed with the Catholic majority. Following disturbances in Ravenna, where Catholics burnt down a number of synagogues, Eutharic's siding with the Jewish people of Ravenna was reported with resentment in a fragmentary contemporary chronicle.

Some time after the death of Eutharic, his son Athalaric held the Ostrogothic throne but died at the age of 18. After Athalaric's death, Eutharic's widow moved to Constantinople where further attempts at establishing a dynasty failed. Eutharic was born around AD 480 to a noble Ostrogoth family of the Amali line. Eutharic's ancestry has been traced back through his father Veteric, son of Berismund, son of Thorismund, son of Hunimund, son of Hermanaric, son of Achiulf. Eutharic grew up in Iberia where he had a reputation for being "a young man strong in wisdom and valor and health of body", he was to become the "son in arms" to the Byzantine emperor Justin I, a role which indicated a part of his early life may have been spent as a soldier. Eutharic's status in both the Gothic and Roman world was elevated by the attentions of Theoderic the Great to whom he was related distantly through their mutual connection with Hermanric. Hermanric was an Ostrogoth chief. Eutharic was descended through five generations from Hermanric, whilst Theoderic was a descendant of Hermanric's older brother Vultwulf.

By the late 5th century Theoderic was king of the Ostrogoths, ruling from Ravenna in Italy and a close ally of the Roman Emperor Zeno. Following the death of a rival, Theodoric Strabo, Theoderic the Great received the titles of patricius and magister militum from Zeno and in 484 he was appointed consul. Though there was tension between Theoderic and Zeno's successor Anastasius I, the emperor who followed Anastasius, Justin I, sought reconciliation with Theoderic whose influence in the Gothic world would make him a powerful ally. Having worked throughout his life to establish a kingdom and strengthen relations with both the church and Rome, Theoderic was keen to establish a dynasty, his marriage to Audofleda, had produced only a daughter, Amalasuintha. Therefore, to achieve his ambitions, Theoderic would have to ensure he chose a son-in-law with an ancestry equal in strength to his own, his investigations into the Gothic royal lines, which were by this time distributed across Europe, led him to Iberia.

Here he discovered Eutharic, the last heir of a related branch of the Amali, who had assumed the regency of Spain. More recent studies, suggest that Eutharic's Amali ancestry may have been a deliberate invention on the part of Theoderic to aid his ambitions of establishing dynastic credibility. According to Gesta Theoderici Eutharic belonged to the Gothic house of Alan rather than the house of Amal. Whilst Jordanes, in his history of the Goths, does make reference to Eutharic's prudentia et virtus, or pride and valour, this too may have been a fabrication on the part of Theoderic; those qualities were recognised as requirements of Gothic ethnographic ideology, expressed in their code of civilitas. It would have been beneficial for Theoderic's chosen son-in-law to possess them. In AD 515 Eutharic answered a summons by Theoderic the Great and moved to the Ostrogothic court at Ravenna. Here he was given Amalasuintha in marriage, it was Theoderic's intention that this union would create a long-lasting dynastic connection between the sundered Ostrogoths and Visigoths.

Theoderic named Eutharic his presumptive heir. Whilst in Italy, Eutharic played an important political role within Theoderic's kingdom. With a court background he had the ability to serve in government and he was respected by the Romans, who admired his liberality and magnificence. Catholic writers of the time, indicate that, whilst his father-in-law was renowned for policies of toleration, Eutharic acted more like a "bigoted Arian". In 498, as the Empire's nominal vice-regent in Italy, Theoderic had been granted the right to nominate the Western candidate for each year's consular pair, he was, bounded by a restriction: to select only a Roman citizen for the position. To advance Eutharic's standing in the world Theoderic wished him to be made consul for the year 519. To get around the restriction, as a favour to Theoderic, Justin himself nominated Eutharic; the nomination was successful, in January 519 Eutharic took up the position of Western Consul. By granting him Roman citizenship, accepting him as co-consul and calling him a "son in arms", Emperor Justin I sought to restore ties with Theoderic, strained during the reign of Anastasius I Dicorus.

He showed further favour to Eutharic by conceding the senior