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Video: USA Today On Emotional Kodo Drum Performance at Asia Society

Kodo performers at Asia Society in New York on March 14, 2011.
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Kodo, the famous Japanese Taiko troupe, gave a rousing and heartfelt performance yesterday at the Asia Society in New York. The event was originally intended to celebrate Kodo's 30-year anniversary, but with the performers' minds focused on family and friends back home, the evening took on greater significance.

How to Spot a Persian and Other Observations: Comedian Maz Jobrani Tells It Like It Is

Maz Jobrani (R) at his Houston talk with Asia Society Texas Center's Sylvia Le (L) and Aliya Sabharwal (C) (World Affairs Council of Houston)
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When performing for American audiences, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani offers helpful tips for distinguishing Iranians from Arabs. Jobrani says it's all in the accent. Iranians (preferred term being "Persian," which segues into a hilarious bit) speak with a casual, almost drawling, lilt while Arabs possess a decidedly more aggressive, rapid-fire elucidation. See the video.

Indians Worldwide Fondly Remember 'Uncle Pai'

Amar Chitra Katha's adaptation of the <em>Bhagavad Gita</em> is one of its perennial best-sellers.
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MUMBAI, February 28, 2011 - Anant Pai, creator of India's hugely popular Amar Chitra Katha comics, passed away here on February 24, at the age of 81.

Asia Society Salutes Jafar Panahi, Silenced Iranian Auteur

<i>Offside</i> (2006), directed by Jafar Panahi, screening at Asia Society New York on Feb. 26, 2011. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Iran's Jafar Panahi is honored with a retrospective at Asia Society New York. 

New Film 'Dhobi Ghat' Has Mumbaikars Buzzing

Poster art for Kiran Rao's <i>Dhobi Ghat</i> (2011).
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A new film has Mumbaikars buzzing about the way they're portrayed onscreen.

UPDATE: Afghan Buddhist Site to be Spared Destruction

A statue, possibly of the Buddha, recovered at Mes Aynak where an international team of Afghan and French archaeologists are working to secure the site. (Joannie Meharry)
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A new agreement by the Afghan government seeks to preserve the Buddhist archaeological site of Mes Aynak.

Gift of Friendship… Or Something Else? Obama's Souvenir to Hu Baffles Some

The Zhou Brothers, as captured in January 2011 in a video on WhiteHouse.gov.
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Did President Obama give President Hu a piece of outright kitsch? 

Photo of the Day: Calligraphy Contest

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Almost 3,000 people participated in the calligraphy contest to celebrate the start of the New Year in Tokyo.

Japanese Kokeshi Dolls Come to Life at Asia Society New York

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Artists Lisa and Jacob Hodsdon demonstrate the traditional Japanese folk art of Kokeshi Dolls at Asia Society New York.

Lightning Strikes for Japanese 'Zen Master'

Hiroshi Sugimoto discusses his <i>Lightning Field</i> series with Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu in New York on Oct. 14, 2010. (Suzanna Finlay/Asia Society)
Arts Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, a recent visitor to the Asia Society, is the subject of a long piece in today's New York Times, which refers to him as a "Zen master of film photography."