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China's Foreign Ministry Says It Doesn't Know Elton John; Netizens Skeptical

A grainy shot from Ai Weiwei's Instagram of him (R) and singer Elton John (L) backstage at the singer's Beijing concert on November 25. (Ai Weiwei/Instagram)
Lifestyle

After Elton John dedicated his concert to Ai Weiwei, Weibo users couldn't believe that a government spokesperson didn't know who the British singer was.

Interview: Filmmakers Document How Urge to Build 'Human Towers' Crosses Continents

A team of men in India balance and reach toward the sky in the documentary
Multimedia

Three continents. Three teams. One goal — to build human towers. Filmmakers Ram Devineni and Cano Rojas travel across India, Catalonia and Chile to document the trials and triumphs of each.

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.
Multimedia

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.

Multimedia: New Film 'Buffalo Girls' Explores World of Child Boxing in Thailand

Stam, one of two eight-year-old Thai boxers profiled in Todd Kellstein's new documentary
Multimedia

After years spent documenting underground child boxing in Thailand, filmmaker Todd Kellstein says, "It became clear that as a foreigner, I was in no place to judge."

'An Army of Zhang Ziyis' and Other Colorful Quotes from Media Maven Hung Huang

Journalist, publisher, and entrepreneur Hung Huang.
Lifestyle

The Chinese journalist, publisher, and entrepreneur, who will speak at Asia Society New York on October 30, isn't one to shy away from provocative statements.

Video: Ai Weiwei Parodies 'Gangnam Style,' Confuses Pundits

A still from Ai Weiwei's
Arts

The world-famous Chinese artist and provocateur infuses his Gangnam Style parody with some (possibly) dark humor.

What the Web is Saying About SNL's Chinese 'Peasant Laborers'

L to R: Nasim Pedrad, Cecily Strong, and Fred Armisen in the Saturday Night Live skit
Lifestyle

A skit last weekend used fake Foxconn workers to mock melodramatic iPhone 5 criticisms — but not everyone was amused.

Video: Meena, India's Dora the Explorer, Helps UNICEF Promote 'Child Rights'

A still from an episode of Meena.
Policy

An activist cartoon character is promoting awareness of critical public health issues across South Asia.

Interview: 'Tina's Mouth' Author Has Graphic, Novel Take on Indian American Life

Budding existentialist Tina Malhotra is the heroine of 'Tina's Mouth.'
Arts

With the publication of Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary, Indian Americans now have a graphic novel heroine to call their own.

Pulp Fiction, Tamil-Style!

Blood from a skull: cover art for
Arts

South India's wild and wonderful potboilers are finally becoming available in English.