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Complex Legacies Follow Northeast Asia's New Leaders

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye waves to supporters in Seoul on Dec. 19, 2012. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Princely pedigree and family roots in East Asia's conflicted past run deep among incoming leaders in Beijing, Tokyo, Pyongyang and Seoul.

2013 Gives Korean Leaders Chance to Right Fathers' Wrongs

South Korean presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (C) of the ruling New Frontier Party waves to her supporters in Seoul on Dec. 18, 2012, one day before her historic victory. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Associate Fellow Katharine Moon says the Korean peninsula's dynastic leaders have a chance to improve on the mistakes of their fathers — but the obstacles are many.

Photos of the Day: Asia Celebrates the Arrival of 2013

A worker puts up a sign to bring in the new year ahead of Myanmar's first public New Year countdown celebration at the Myoma grounds in Yangon, Myanmar on December 31, 2012. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

Amidst face paint, fireworks and festivities, countries around Asia rejoice at the beginning of a new year.

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.

Northeast Asia in 2013: New Beginnings, Old Challenges

Policy

Charles Armstrong discusses what all the political transitions of 2012 will mean for the upcoming year.

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."

North Korea Playing Small Role in S. Korea Election, But Will Loom Large Afterward

South Korean presidential campaign posters in Seoul. (Julio Martinez/Flickr)
Policy

If the next government in Seoul makes a bold, strategic decision to re-engage the North, there is good reason to expect that inter-Korean dynamics can improve markedly, writes John Delury.

Japanese Voters Bring Back Party With 'Nationalist Tilt'

Incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe points to a journalist during a press conference at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo on December 17, 2012. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayako Doi says the sweeping victory by Japan's Liberal Democratic Party will likely heighten tensions with China, South Korea, and other neighbors.

The Growth of China's Film Audience Means Xenophobia Doesn't Pay

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Lifestyle

In their own ways, Red Dawn and Skyfall made major efforts to accomodate the growing Chinese film market.

Is Kim Jong Un a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork — or Perhaps the Sexiest Man Alive?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) applauds during a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

As the case of an Onion article demonstrated this week, what's lost in translation can have serious consequences. Or it can just be a lot of fun.