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Interview: Novelist Manu Joseph Explores Family Happiness, 'Illicit' and Otherwise

Novelist Manu Joseph at the World's Literature Festival in Norwich, England on June 23, 2011. (Writers' Centre Norwich/Flickr)
Arts

Award-winning novelist Manu Joseph says of his latest book, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, "I haven't made up anything." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10 and at Asia Society Texas Center on January 15.

A Brutal Gang Rape, and India's 'Purdah' Problem

Indian protestors march behind a banner as they take part in a candlelight procession in Guwahati on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gang rape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"A purdah mentality still dogs Indian society," writes Mira Kamdar. "A woman who can be seen is seen as a woman available for violation."

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)
Multimedia

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

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

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Arts

As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

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.

Photo of the Day: Gardening in Kashmir, India

A woman tends to her land in Kashmir, India on October 5, 2012. (patrikmloeff/Flickr)
Multimedia

A woman tends to her land in Kashmir, India on October 5, 2012. (patrikmloeff/Flickr)

In 2013, Washington's Asian 'Rebalance' Needs to Start at Home

U.S. President Barack Obama poses for the ASEAN-United States Leaders' Meeting family photo at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (State Department/William Ng/Flickr)
Policy

U.S. leaders must educate the public about the assumptions on which they are already working — that engagement in Asia is both crucial and irreversible, writes Asia Society's Matt Stumpf.

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.

Flourishing Shadow Banking Poses Risks to China and India's Stability

Regulators fear that the amount of money put in private banking in China is creating systemic risks. (omefrans/Flickr)
Business

Asia Society Associate Fellow Sheridan Prasso explains how off-the-books private lending is creating systemic risks in these two growing economies.

13 Predictions for Asia in 2013

North Korean performers sit beneath a screen showing images of leader Kim Jong-Un at a theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 16, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski offers his predictions on Asia for the year to come — but he'd "be surprised if any of them came true."