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Meet the Group of Asian Young Leaders Putting 'Passion Into Action'

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski (middle row, R) welcomes the crowd at the 2013 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Zhenjiang, China, on Dec. 6, 2013. (Asia Society)
Education

Reporting from China, Asia Society Vice President Tom Nagorski reports on some of the many powerful moments in a three-day gathering aimed at bringing great minds and talent together to tackle issues across the Asia Pacific.

Photo of the Day: Waiting to Vote in Bhutan

A Bhutanese woman outside a polling station, waits to cast her vote in the second ever parliamentary election in Paro, Bhutan on May 31, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Bhutanese woman outside a polling station, waits to cast her vote in the second ever parliamentary election in Paro, Bhutan on May 31, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

UN Security Council Adds Australia, S. Korea — Does This Strengthen a US Asian 'Pivot'?

Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr (R) during the United Nations General Assembly session October 18, 2012 before the vote for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the years 2013-2014 in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

After Thursday's vote added two key Asia-Pacific allies, the U.S. could now find greater support in pursuing actions favorable to its interests in the region, writes Andrew Billo.

Gallery/Interview: Photographer Connects with the Women of Gujarat, India

A Gujarati woman and a child. (Ellen Kaplowitz)
Arts

Globetrotting photographer Ellen Kaplowitz tells Asia Blog, "I've learned a lot from the people I've photographed," and has the pictures to prove it.

Photo of the Day: Staggered Fields of Green in Bhutan

Sloping fields of rice dot the countryside in Bhutan on May 14, 2012. (Mandala Travel/Flickr)
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Sloping fields of rice dot the countryside in Bhutan on May 14, 2012. (Mandala Travel/Flickr)

Gross National Happiness vs. Gross Domestic Product

Bhutan has been rated the happiest country in Asia. (Michael Foley Photography/Flickr)
Policy

While the U.N. debates the merits of Bhutan's way of thinking, Asia Society's Andrew Billo writes that wellbeing and happiness in Southeast Asia can only be achieved by avoiding resource depletion.

Interactive Storytelling: Measuring Happiness in Balloons

American artist Jonathan Harris explores Bhutan's philosophy of 'Gross National Happiness' in an interactive website. (Screenshot)
Multimedia

In Bhutan, people measure quality of life not based on money, but on happiness. So artist Jonathan Harris asked 117 people, 'What makes you happy?' His interactive photo collection is now online.

Royal Wedding in the Happiest Country on Earth

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L), 31, looks at his bride during the purification marriage ceremony to Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, in the historical Punakha Dzong on October 13, 2011 in Punakha, Bhutan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Among Buddhist monks' chants in the beautiful Himalayan valley, the young King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married his fiancée, Jetsun Pema, in a traditional ceremony on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in the ancient capital city of Punakha. After the purification ceremony and prayers, King Jigme Khesar crowned Jetsun Pema his queen.

Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy

Policy

In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.

Himalayan Meltdown: New Climate Change Film to Screen at Asia Society

Sustainability

Co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Arrowhead Films and Discovery Channel Asia, Himalayan Meltdown examines how the shrinking Himalayan glaciers and rising sea levels are affecting people in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal.