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Photos: John Lennon Made From Thousands of Paper Cranes in Japan

A John Lennon mural made from more than 10,000 origami cranes at the train station in Kagoshima, Japan. (Michael McAteer)
Multimedia An 8th grade class in Kagoshima, Japan created a John Lennon mural using 10,656 origami "peace cranes."

US and China VPs Schooled in International Studies [Photos]

International Studies Learning Center students presented Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and American Vice President Joe Biden with gifts. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping visited Asia Society's International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles on Friday.

Review: Harvard's Online China Lectures a 'Useful' Overview

A slide from the introductory lecture in Harvard University's online series
Education

A new Harvard online lecture series is lauded as an an "exceptionally useful tool" for anyone needing an intro to Chinese civilization.

2012 (and beyond): What American Educators Can Learn From Asia

Graduating students in Singapore stand in the shape of the island nation. (Flickr/Joshua Sosrosaputro)
Education

Singapore has it. So does China. Korea is working on it, and a few months ago, India joined the club. What is “it,” you ask? School reform measures that prepare students for a global knowledge economy.

2012: The Year Mandarin Chinese Becomes a 'Commonly Taught Language'?

A student at Aiton Elementary School in Washington, D.C., practices Chinese. (Grace Norman)
Education

U.S. schools are beginning to see the value in teaching the world's most commonly spoken language. And hopefully the reasons are not just economic, writes Chris Livaccari.

Why 'The Onion' Prank Isn't Funny

Education

The tweetosphere was a-flutter late last week when the satirical news organization The Onion claimed children were being held hostage by a “group of armed Congressmen.” The Washington Post urged its readers to lighten up. The Capitol Police issued a statement that they can take a joke, but insisted, “this is not a very good joke.”

One reason it's not funny is because people realize it's metaphorically true.

Video: Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen Responds to Nalanda University Critics

Policy

In an exclusive interview at Asia Society in New York (embedded below), Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen responded to news that former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam would no longer be associated with the revival of Nalanda University, one of the oldest universities in the world.

Sen said the position of "visitor" — responsible for monitoring and reviewing the functions of a university in India — is meant to be held by the current president. "Now," Sen said, "Dr. Kalam decided that since he’s no longer president it would be only appropriate that it should go to the present president."

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has agreed to be visitor, he said.

He also stressed that Nalanda is still in a "formative" stage. He added, "There has to be some kind of intelligent merging of the short-run challenges with the long-run challenges to be met."

Education in a Post-9/11 America

Education

Ten years ago, a stateless terrorist network carried out the most devastating foreign attack on the United States from a remote mountain region in Central Asia. For the American education system, the ensuing lesson was that a rising generation needs to have a much more sophisticated understanding of the world.

But how has the education system changed in the post-9/11 world?

In Sweden, a Bold Step in Language Education — But Will it Last?

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA's Beijing store (pictured) is its second-largest in the world. (xiaming/Flickr)
Education

In bold if not surprising news, last week Swedish Education Minister Jan Björklund called for Chinese language to be taught in all primary and secondary schools, which would make Sweden a leader in Europe.

Ni Howdy! China Lassoes a Rodeo

Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping sports a cowboy hat during a Texas rodeo in 1979. (File)
Lifestyle

Beijing's Bird Nest playing host to Rodeo China October 3-10, 2011. We get you started with a quick lesson in Chinese rodeo vocabulary.