Asia Society is the leading educational organisation dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Founded in 1956 in New York by John D. Rockefeller III, it fosters inter-regional connections to prepare Asians and Americans for a shared future through its 12 global centres.

Asia Society selects global leaders in each field annually in recognition of their achievement and this year’s Cultural Diplomacy Award was given to the artist Kim Jungman. Previous awardees include Jet Li, Halle Berry, David Henry Hwang, Alice Waters and Ryu Hyun Jin.