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Asia Blog's Top Five Posts of 2012

Lifestyle
The best Chinese restaurants in America, Oprah eating with her hands, and Obama's trip to Southeast Asia were among the most interesting topics to readers this year.

To Ensure Peace and Justice, International Community Must Lead by Example

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (C) arrives at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters on Dec. 9, 2011 for questioning over a deadly military crackdown he oversaw on mass opposition protests in Bangkok in April and May of 2010. (Joan Manuel Baliellas/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A critical question confronts Thailand, Sri Lanka and other Asian nations: Is lasting peace possible in the absence of justice?

Angered by China's New Passport Map, India, Vietnam and the Philippines Retaliate

China's new controversial e-passport map. (TimeWeekly/Weibo)
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A map of China in new Chinese passports includes disputed territories — Kashmir, and islands in the South China Sea — and upsets Asian neighbors.

Photos: Obama Visits Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
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On a three-day tour of Southeast Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia in a diplomatic exchange intended to encourage political reform.

Obama Takes a Crucial Step Toward Southeast Asia

L to R: U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, Ambassador David Carden, U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama at the ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Flickr/The White House)
Policy

President Barack Obama's visit to Southeast Asia, representing the first time a sitting American president has visited either Cambodia or Myanmar, is unprecedented in its timing and chosen itinerary.

Multimedia: New Film 'Buffalo Girls' Explores World of Child Boxing in Thailand

Stam, one of two eight-year-old Thai boxers profiled in Todd Kellstein's new documentary
Multimedia

After years spent documenting underground child boxing in Thailand, filmmaker Todd Kellstein says, "It became clear that as a foreigner, I was in no place to judge."

We Asked Our Experts: What Does Obama's Re-Election Mean for Asia?

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

How is a second term for the Obama administration likely to affect relations with China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — to name just some of the Asian nations that have featured most prominently in recent headlines? Click to read commentary from Asia Society experts.

Photo of the Day: A Storm's a Brewing in Thailand

Stormy clouds gather above the water in Surat Thani, Thailand on September 14, 2007. (maistora/Flickr)
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Stormy clouds gather above the water in Surat Thani, Thailand on September 14, 2007. (maistora/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: Best Seats in the House in Thailand

Waterlillies float on the banks as the sun sets in Chaiyaphum, Thailand on September 22, 2012. (norsez/Flickr)
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Waterlillies float on the banks as the sun sets in Chaiyaphum, Thailand on September 22, 2012. (norsez/Flickr)

Photos: What's Your Favorite Asian Street Food?

Papadum, fried paper-thin wafer of lentil or chickpeas, usually eaten as an accompaniment with dips, from India. (Saki Yuen)
Food & RecipesMultimedia

This past summer we asked readers to tell us what their favorite street foods were from around Asia and send us photos. This mouth-watering slideshow is what we got.