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Asia Society’s new $48 million Texas

The Asia Society has announced a four-day celebration for the opening of its new $48.4 million center in Houston, TX.

The center was designed by renowned architect Yoshio Taniguchi.

The April 12-15, 2012 celebration will include cocktail parties, tours, open houses, performances, food and events for children.

From the release:

A glittering array of dignitaries from around the world will be on hand for the festivities, which kick off on Thursday, April 12, with the Tiger Ball, ASTC’s annual gala. Attendees will sip champagne and sample Asian hors d’oeuvres in the elegant surroundings of the $48.4 million Center, designed by the distinguished Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, before moving across the street for a sumptuous dinner in a block-size party tent.

“This day has been a decade in the making,” said executive director Martha Blackwelder. “Recognizing the growing importance of Houston’s ties to Asia through the energy industry, Port of Houston, and Medical Center among other institutions, and recognizing the area’s growing Asian American population, our Board saw how crucial it was that we have a building of our own to house our programs.”

Blackwelder said the entire $48.4 million was raised, which now allows them to move to the goal of a $25 million dollar endowment campaign for operating costs of the new facility.

Some of the building’s highlights include a 280-seat Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater, 4,000-square-foot Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery, and 3,000-square-foot Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center.

View Asia Society’s slideshow of the new Texas Center.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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