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Required Reading: 2012 Bernard Schwartz Book Award Finalists

"Required reading for all who want to better understand this dynamic region," the finalists for Asia Society's 2012 Bernard Schwartz Book Award have now been announced.

Expert: Clinton Tries to Dampen Fears of China 'Rivalry' in Southeast Asia Tour

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toasts Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh during the ASEAN Gala Dinner at City Hall in Phnom Penh on July 12, 2012. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/GettyImages)

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio tells media outlets that Hillary Clinton's focus in Southeast Asia shows the U.S. is interested in touting its non-military interests in the region.

Brokered Marriages: Matchmaking or Exploitation?

A screenshot from J&N Viet-Bride's website showcases couples who met through the Singapore-based matchmaking service. (

The movement of migrant brides throughout Asia is controlled by a network of agents whose motives are more driven by profits than the welfare of the people they profess to help, writes Andrew Billo.

Photos: The 10 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Asia

This set of ruins in Taxila, Pakistan has been named one of Global Heritage Fund's 10 most endangered heritage sites in Asia. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

In pictures: Global Heritage Fund's 10 most endangered locations in Asia, under threat due to factors ranging from war to overdevelopment.

It's a Bentley, It's Corruption, It's a Problem

Models stand beside the Bentley Continental GT V8 car during the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at China International Exhibition Center on April 25, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy Corruption is more of a factor in rising economic inequality than the Asian Development Bank gives it credit for in a recent report, writes Asia Society's Andrew Billo.

Interview: Why Asia Needs to Do a Better Job Protecting its Cultural Heritage Sites

Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia, is one of the sites being targeted by the Global Heritage Fund. (Ioreth_ni_Balor/Flickr)

The Global Heritage Fund's Jeff Morgan explains how heritage conservation can benefit the economies of developing countries in Asia.

Interview: Genocide Survivor Loung Ung Reclaims Life, and Light, in New Memoir

Loung Ung, author of the memoir

"You can be OK too," says the acclaimed memoirist and survivor of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. "I'm not saying it will be easy, but you can be OK too."

Book Excerpt: 'Lulu in the Sky' by Loung Ung

Lulu in the Sky, the latest book from Loung Ung.

Lulu in the Sky is the latest book from Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child. Ung will appear at Asia Society New York on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 pm.

In Southeast Asia, U.S. Preaches Human Rights While China Opens Door to Trade

A Cambodian woman washing dishes outside her house on the edge of the Boeung Kak lake (background) in central Phnom Penh as debris from destroyed buildings litter the ground nearby on May 25, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The U.S. needs to tone down its human rights rhetoric with Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar if it intends to compete with China in the region.

Interview: Tyler Palma Captures Daily Life in Uzbekistan [Photos]


Tyler Palma, a Tokyo-based photographer, captures a range of scenes from Uzbekistan, from a historic Samarkand monument to ordinary village life.