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Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy

Policy

In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.

Happy Hangul Day!

Spectators gather at a statue of King Sejong in Seoul after a ceremony marking the 563rd anniversary of the creation of the Korean alphabet on October 9, 2009.(PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

October 9 commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet in 1446.

UNGA Week in New York Brings a Visitor from Mongolia

Mongolia Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold at Asia Society New York on September 21, 2010. (Suzanna Finlay/Asia Society)
Business

Asia Society hosted His Excellency Sukhbaatar Batbold, Prime Minister of Mongolia, for an intimate working dinner at its Park Avenue headquarters.

The Gobi March: Seven-Day Footrace Through the Gobi Desert

Gobi March 2010/Racing the Planet
Lifestyle More than 150 racers compete in the Gobi March, the number-one footrace in the world.

The Dietary Culture of Asia

Food & Recipes

by Naomichi Ishige
Professor of Anthropology at Osaka's Museum of Ethnology
Translated by Thomas A. Steele


"What bad manners you have! Don't eat with your fingers, use your chopsticks!" For many a child in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, this parent's reprimand is one of the first lessons in social manners. For each of these ethnic groups, putting food in your mouth with your fingers is viewed as an ill-mannered, rather animal-like act.

Peking Dust

(Photo by matt coats/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

A surprisingly delicious dessert in spite of its extreme simplicity.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb fresh chestnuts
300ml/10 fl oz/1 1/4 cups cream
4 tablespoons caster sugar
glazed walnuts (optional)

Directions

Mongolian Lamb

Mongolian Lamb (Photo by <a href=snapperworlf/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/mongolianlamb.jpg">
Food & Recipes

In order to reduce the strength of the lamb flavor, the meat is sliced thinly and soaked in cold water.

Serves 4.

Ingredients