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Photos: Across Asia, Portraits Encompass Hard Lives and Childlike Wonder

A friendly Vietnamese boy stops his bicycle in Cao Lahn, Vietnam to offer a smile and a peace sign on February 22, 2010. (Nancy A. Scherl)

From India to Vietnam, photographer Nancy A. Scherl documents the human experience in portraits of people she meets in her travels.

7.0 Quake Hits China's Sichuan Province

Rescuers sit on ruins of a house in Longmen township, close to the epicenter of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the city of Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province on April 20, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Early Saturday a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck southwestern China. Asia Society takes a look at the coverage of the news.

Video: Chef Pichet Ong Walks the Fine Line Between Sweet and Savory

Chef Pichet Ong's unique aerated goat cheese confection rolled in walnut cookie crumbs and garnished with seasonal fruit. (Philippe Chery/Asia Society)

Step into the kitchen with Brooklyn-based Chinese chef Pichet Ong and learn how his childhood inspires him to create delectable savory and sweet dishes.

Book Excerpt: 'The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42'

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A cautionary tale of 19th-century imperial hubris that still resonates today. In-person appearances by William Dalrymple upcoming at Asia Society New York and Asia Society Northern California.

Book Excerpt: 'Shanghai Gone' Depicts a City Consuming Its Own Past and People


Qin Shao's wrenching new study of a frantically developing Shanghai introduces the concept of "domicide" — the eradication of a home against the will of its dwellers.

Central Asia's Energy Market: From Moscow to Beijing

Petroleum tanks owned by Hurricane Kumkol Munai in Chemkent, Kazakhstan. (Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

In the future, competition for energy reserves in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be between Russia and China — with time being on Beijing's side.

For Those in Seoul, the North Korea 'Joke' May Be Over

A South Korean activist stabs a pocket knife on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an anti-North Korea rally near the national assembly in Seoul on March 22, 2013. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Nathan McMurray, legal advisor for Samsung in Seoul, writes that the recent ratcheting up of tensions between North and South may be more than just a story this time.

A Tale of Two Viruses: SARS, Bird Flu, and What They Say About China Then and Now

Despite public concern about the emergence of H7N9 bird flu in Shanghai, only a handful of pedestrians walking along the waterfront Bund on April 8, 2013 chose to don face masks. (Maura Elizabeth Cunningham)

Despite obvious similarities between the SARS and "bird flu" outbreaks, writes an American correspondent in Shanghai, it's harder for China's government to hide things today than it was in 2003.

Sino-U.S. Power Play in Asia: India's Imperatives

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on November 8, 2010. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

India's foreign policy focus, explains C. Raja Mohan, is on deepening engagement with both Washington and Beijing while retaining a prudent "strategic autonomy."

Experts Debate: Is China Doing All It Can to Rein in Kim Jong Un?

Two North Korean men, center, listen to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei during a press briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2013. North Korea appears to be preparing a fourth nuclear test as well as a provocative missile launch, South Korea said, despite an unusually blunt call from China for restraint. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

A ChinaFile panel of experts assess whether China might finally be out of patience with its intractable smaller neighbor.