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Photos: 'Peace Rickshaws' Promote Colorful Message of Tolerance in Pakistan

The first batch of
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The Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA) is on a mission to use a very visible form of street art to counter the intolerance, and worse, being spread by right-wing groups in Pakistan.

Interview: Pakistani Duo Zeb and Haniya Cross Musical and Geographic Borders Alike

Pakistani musicians Zebunnisa Bangash (L) and Haniya Aslam (R), who perform as the duo Zeb and Haniya. (Nida Rehman)
Arts

Pakistan's boundary-breaking folk duo open up about finding success across the border in India and when their long-awaited second album will arrive.

Video: Violinist Jason Yang Uses Talent to Build Hype for 'Game of Thrones'

Jason Yang and fellow musicians perform the theme to HBO's
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Taiwanese-American electric violinist Jason Yang, who performed on The Colbert Report last week with street dancer Lil Buck, also performed the Game of Thrones theme song for an HBO event.

Multimedia: 'Ramen Dreams' Chef Picks His Five Best Ramen Joints in United States

Chicken-based tori paitan broth at Totto Ramen in New York, N.Y. (Keizo Shimamoto)
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A ramen fanatic who consumes an estimated 600 bowls a year, the subject of Michael McAteer's award-winning short film, names his favorite ramen spots in America.

Gallery: Hand-Drawn Indian Movie Posters Convey 'Passion, Power and Immediacy'

Ramachandraiah and Raju's poster for the 2012 Bollywood caper
Arts

Traveling in South India, filmmaker and blogger Andy Deemer discovered a kind of outsider art that is routinely dismissed as "urban blight."

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.

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

Gallery/Interview: Preserving Southeast Asia's Movie Palaces Through Photography

A lone viewer at the Aung Mingala Cinema in Dawei, Thanintharyi Division, Burma. (Philip Jablon)
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Documentary photographer and researcher Philip Jablon wants to cultivate an appreciation of stand-alone theaters in Southeast Asia in the hope of stimulating preservation efforts.

Multimedia: Celebrating India, Bollywood Style

Aamir Khan in a scene from the Oscar-nominated movie 'Lagaan' (2001).
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Bollywood has a rich history of celebrating patriotism through movies and music that highlight India. Here's a look at a few haunting classics and some foot-tapping contemporary songs that pay homage.