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Photo of the Day: A Mythical Creature in Singapore

The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Set against Singapore's skyline, the Merlion statue spouts water on November 14, 2013. (Gaelen/Flickr)
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The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Set against Singapore's skyline, the Merlion statue spouts water on November 14, 2013. (Gaelen/Flickr)

US-China People-to-People Exchange an Opportunity to 'Dream Without Borders'

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping (then-Vice President of China) display shirts with a message given to them by students at the International Studies Learning School in Southgate, outside of Los Angeles, on Feb. 17, 2012. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society's Director of Chinese Language Initiatives outlines what to watch for in the upcoming U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in Washington.

Photo of the Day: Reflections in Calm Waters in Thailand

Houses, trees and mountains cast shadows on still waters in Khao Sok, Thailand on November 3, 2013. (Stefan Magdalinski/Flickr)
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Houses, trees and mountains cast shadows on still waters in Khao Sok, Thailand on November 3, 2013. (Stefan Magdalinski/Flickr)

Interview: Biographer Jung Chang Says Empress Dowager 'Not a Role Model'

Arts

"I don't want to write things that everybody agrees on," says the author of a controversial Mao biography and a revisionist new book on the Empress Dowager Cixi. In-person appearances this month at Asia Society New York and our Texas and Northern California Centers.

Photo of the Day: Twilight in Taiwan

Night falls over calm waters in Kinmen, Taiwan on November 9, 2013. (芒果的視界/Flickr)
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Night falls over calm waters in Kinmen, Taiwan on November 9, 2013. (芒果的視界/Flickr)

Catalyzing Economic Growth in Myanmar: Investors, Officials, and Civil Society Find Common Cause in Reform

Rush-hour traffic moves near the Sule Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
Policy

Since reforms began in Myanmar nearly three years ago, writes Matt Stumpf, countless corporations have visited the country in search of opportunities. Yet excitement about this new market has been tempered by wider recognition of the barriers to investment.

How You Can Help the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

A man paints a message on a basketball court that reads
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As the scale of the devastation in the Philippines becomes clear, many of us around the world are looking for ways we can help. Here's a list of charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) who are already responding to this disaster.

Xi Jinping, One Year Later: Will He Be the 'Chinese Gorbachev'?

From left: New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos, former U.S. Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy, and UC San Diego professor Dr. Susan Shirk discussed Xi Jinping's leadership at an Asia Society event moderated by Orville Schell (far right) on November 7, 2013. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)
Policy

After one year in power, Chinese president Xi Jinping has largely consolidated his power, but he still faces "perilous" challenges, according to a panel Thursday night at Asia Society in New York.

Elizabeth Taylor's 1976 Trip to Iran, in Pictures

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Photographer Firooz Zahedi reminisces about capturing a whimsical side of actress Elizabeth Taylor during their 1976 trip to Iran.

Photo of the Day: Ancient Beauty in Cambodia

Attention to detail is a signature of the historic architecture of Angkor, Cambodia on October 29, 2013. (Ricardo Sosa/Flickr)
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Attention to detail is a signature of the historic architecture of Angkor, Cambodia on October 29, 2013. (Ricardo Sosa/Flickr)