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Photos: In Legal Limbo, Myanmar Refugees in Thailand Eke Out a Living at Trash Dump

Three refugee children work together at the dump in Mae Sot, Thailand. The child on the left is just seven years old and recently received a pair of gumboots. (Jacques Maudy)

Photographer Jacques Maudy, who has photographed the heritage buildings of Yangon, Myanmar, recently crossed the border into Thailand to document the hardscrabble lives of Burmese refugees there.

Asia Must 'Seize the Momentum' of International Women's Day

Girls attending school in Afghanistan. (Asian Development Bank/flickr)

In the fast-changing Asia-Pacific region, dramatic improvements in women's rights have taken place. But many challenges still remain.

Photos: From Linsanity to Galloping Gangnam, a Look Back at Asia in 2012

Then-New York Knick Jeremy Lin (#17) in action at New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

As the world bids 2012 adieu, Asia Blog reminisces over some of the year's most memorable people and events from Asia.

What Were the Five Most Watched Asia Society Videos in 2012?

Arif Lohar and his playful stage moves met with roars of approval from the audience at Asia Society New York on April 28, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

What videos from Asia Society did you found most interesting in 2012? A look back at the five most watched videos from Asia Society on YouTube. From music to politics to robotics, our viewers' tastes ran the gamut.

Poll: Who Was Asia's Person of the Year in 2012?

Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) and legislator Aung San Suu Kyi (R) speaking at Asia Society events in 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi was last year's winner of our reader poll for Asia's Person of the Year — will her countryman take her spot this year? (Kenji Takigami/Joshua Roberts)

Asia Blog has compiled a list of 12 of the most newsworthy figures of 2012. It's your turn to vote on who you think had the most impact.

Revealed: The Asian 'Global Thinkers' Who Made Foreign Policy's Top 100 List for 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton (R) chats with Aung San Suu Kyi (C) and her assistant Tin Mar Aung (L) before the Myanmar parliamentarian spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2012. (Asia Society/Joshua Roberts)

In 2012, Asia Society hosted several of the global thinkers ranked on the latest annual Foreign Policy list.

Photos: Close-Up Portraits of a Transforming Myanmar

In Yangon, members of the punk group Rebel Riot rest outside a newsstand with a poster of opposition leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi on July 3, 2012. (Gilles Sabrié)

French photographer Gilles Sabrié shares his experiences and photographs from a country grappling with unprecedented change.

Audio: Expert Says Timing of Obama's Myanmar Visit 'Exactly Right'

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop at her private residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Pete Souza/U.S. Department of State)

Asked for comment by WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio explains why President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia is the right move at the right time.

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)

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.

Video: Obama's Asia Visit Will Be 'Closely Watched' in Beijing

President Barack Obama waves during the election night rally at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, on November 6, 2012. (Kevin Gebhardt/Flickr)

Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio says Beijing will closely monitor Barack Obama's Asia trip to get a sense of how much the U.S. hopes to increase its influence in the region.