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YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed the Asia
Society at its annual awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria
and said, "We are the only city in the nation that has its
own foreign policy and the only city that needs one."
The mayor added, "In our ever smaller world
we need the Asia Society more than ever." The organization
strives to strengthen relationships between Asians and
Dina Habib Powell of Goldman Sachs
presented awards to New York Times columnist Nicholas D.
Kristof and his wife, author Sheryl WuDunn.
Victor J. Menezes of New Silk Route gave
awards to Deepak S. Parekh and Smita Parekh.
Smita came from Mumbai to accept; her husband couldn’t make
it. In a video Deepak said that she is "exceptional."
"Actually," Smita said, "anyone who marries
me has to be exceptional."
Richard Plepler, co-president of Home
Box Office, handed awards to Peter G. Peterson,
co-founder of the Blackstone Group, and to Joan Ganz
Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Workshop.
Thomas Freston of Firefly3 presented
awards to Richard C. Holbrooke and wife Kati
Marton. At the moment Holbrooke was in Kabul as the
President Obama’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and
Marton is the author of several books, most
recently of Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to
President Vishakha N. Desai, president, and
Charles R. Kaye, interim chairman, helmed the program
which was emceed by Daljit Dhaliwal, anchor of
Worldfocus on public television. "We raised $900,000
tonight," Kaye announced.