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Video: For Vir Das and Other South Asian Comics, the Best Punchline is Life Unfolding

Actor and comedian Vir Das performing a stand-up skit in India.
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As actor and comedian Vir Das prepares to discuss comedy and its social function with Asia Society's India Centre, we take a look at how several South Asian comics use humor to tell the stories of our lives.

China's 18th Party Congress: Transition Delayed

Chairman Mao Zedong statue, Dandong, China. (Shining75/Flickr)
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Asia Society Associate Fellow Steven Lewis says observers both inside and outside China were disappointed with a changing of the guard that may not bring much change.

Video: Are China's Citizens Happier Than They Were 10 Years Ago?

Delegates gather before the start of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on November 8, 2012. (Remko Tanis/Flickr)
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The greatest challenge facing China's new leaders, says J. Michael Evans of Goldman Sachs, is the potential for civil unrest spurred by income inequality in a growing economy.

Photo of the Day: Lit Up for Diwali in India

A man holds up decorative oil lamps at a shop ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India on November 6, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man holds up decorative oil lamps at a shop ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India on November 6, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Video: 5 Areas of Change to Look for Under China's New Leadership

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping walks past Chinese President Hu Jintao (front left), former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (front right) and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (front right) during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on November 8, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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As China ushers in a new generation of leaders, Hamid Biglari, Head of Emerging Markets at Citicorp, discusses topics that should be at the top of Xi Jinping's to-do list.

We Asked Our Experts: What Does Obama's Re-Election Mean for Asia?

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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How is a second term for the Obama administration likely to affect relations with China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — to name just some of the Asian nations that have featured most prominently in recent headlines? Click to read commentary from Asia Society experts.

Photo of the Day: A Worldwide Celebration

Indian university students celebrate after hearing a prediction that U.S. President Barack Obama was reelected during a U.S. embassy election party at a local hotel in Delhi on November 7, 2012. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian university students celebrate after hearing a prediction that U.S. President Barack Obama was reelected during a U.S. embassy election party at a local hotel in New Delhi on November 7, 2012. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo of the Day: Early Morning Repose in India

A boy napping in a boat along the banks of Ganges in Varanasi, India on July 2, 2012. (Shivika Sinha)
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A boy naps in a boat along the banks of Ganges in Varanasi, India on July 2, 2012. (Shivika Sinha)

You've Heard About Halloween, But How Does Asia Honor the Dead?

Countless lanterns illuminate the night sky to honor those lost during the Obon festival in Japan. (laurenz/Flickr)
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Halloween isn't the only celebration honoring the dead. Countries all over the world have their own ways of honoring those generations long gone.

Video: There's a School on a Solar Panel-Powered Boat in Bangladesh? Yep!

A scene from the documentary
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Filmmaker Glenn Baker hopes to re-frame American views of the South Asian region through Easy Like Water, a documentary about a Bangladeshi architect's quest to bring education to flooded areas of his homeland.