Talk Asia is a monthly program that explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports, business and more.
Elected by a landslide in 2016, Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan’s first female president. During her tenure, she's taken a stronger approach to China than her predecessor, causing the relationship between Taiwan and China to deteriorate. As she continues to defy Beijing, Taiwan has been feeling the knock-on effects on a global stage, increasingly getting alienated by a number of countries. CNN sits down with Tsai at the Presidential Office in Taipei to talk about her dealings with China, Taiwan’s relationship with the U.S., as well as its place in the world. We get to know her better as we travel with the president to southern Taiwan - where she meets with the citizens and takes part in local festivities.
The son of an Indian cricket legend and an acclaimed actress, Saif Ali Khan has grown up in front of Indian audiences with a career in Bollywood spanning over two decades. Now, he has opened himself up on a new platform, starring in the successful crime series "Sacred Games" – the first Netflix original from India. The 48-year-old actor sits down with Anna Coren in Mumbai to talk about his 25-year career, dealing with the media’s obsession with his son Taimur, and his relationship with religion.
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has spent over three decades weaving in and out of the country’s complicated state of affairs. Having lived through two controversial imprisonments, he has now formed a partnership with his one-time political foe, Mahathir Mohamad, and is slated to become the next prime minister of Malaysia himself. He discusses politics, corruption, the 1MDB scandal, and the future of his country with Richard Quest.
With an incredible record of 50-0, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is considered one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers. The 41-year-old came out of retirement in 2017 for his successful and high profile bout against UFC star Conor McGregor, making him more than $275 million in just one night.
In 2015, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, one of the top institutions for ballet in the United States.
As South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in has a tough road ahead, as he deals with North Korea' nuclear development as well as trying to reunify and heal a country after the massive corruption scandal.
He's often referred to as the G.O.A.T, or the greatest of all time. At 40, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing better than ever, defying the limits of age in a sport known for its relentless athleticism and brutal take downs.
A career civil servant, Carrie Lam's decades of government experience has brought her to the top of Hong Kong's political sphere. Her role as the new chief executive will be vital, acting as the go-between for the Chinese Central Government and Hong Kong.
South Korean actor Gong Yoo is one of Asia's most popular and in-demand actors today. He captivated television audiences in the hit drama, Goblin and left moviegoers shaking in their seats in the zombie flick.
CNN’s Manisha Tank spends an afternoon with the retail and banking tycoon as she opens up about why being a woman is not a barrier for her, why it’s important to have “crazy ideas”, and shares her opinion on the many Filipinos that chose to work abroad.
Bimbimbap, Kimchi, Dukbokki - Korean food has sparked a global craze and chefs around the world are bringing the best of the cuisine to the West. On this special ‘Talk Asia’, CNN International correspondent Sumnima Udas goes on a culinary adventure to South Korea to explore the tastes at the heart of Korean fare.
She's been called the most powerful woman in fashion. The Vogue editor–in-chief, Anna Wintour, sits down with us in Beijing. This year's Costume Institute exhibition, called "China: Looking through the Glass", and The Met Ball, happening in May, focus on Chinese imagery, art, and fashion.
This month CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’ dips into the world of celebrity restaurateur Michael Chow. While perhaps best known for his star-studded ‘Mr. Chow’ restaurants in cities such as London and New York, it’s his passion for art that brings him back to China for his first solo exhibition in half a century.
Wooing audiences in Hollywood and Bollywood, Irrfan Khan is one of a handful of homegrown Indian stars successfully bridging an award-winning career in the East and West. We meet the "Life of Pi" star in Mumbai to talk movies, the future and why he cheated to get into drama school.