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Photo of the Day: Anchored in Kashmir

A red boat, also called a
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A red boat, also called a "shikara" is anchored in calm waters at Dal Lake, Kashmir on November 1, 2013. (BOMBMAN/ Flickr)

Book Excerpt: 'Empress Dowager Cixi' by Jung Chang

Empress Cixi (1835-1908) is the subject of Jung Chang's revisionist new biography
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Jung Chang's new biography means to overturn received wisdom about a central figure in modern Chinese history. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on November 12.

Photo of the Day: Stacked Homes in Hong Kong

Residents are packed in this King's Road apartment complex in Hong Kong on October 25th, 2013. (Daniel Jarrett)
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Residents are packed in this King's Road apartment complex in Hong Kong on October 25th, 2013. (Daniel Jarrett)

Interview: Blue Skies So Rare in China They Are Considered 'Tourist Attractions'

Beijing's air quality in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013, as pictured by China Air Daily.
Policy

With China's air quality once again making headlines in recent weeks, we check in with China Air Daily's Michael Zhao to see if there's any reason for hope.

Photos of the Day: Diwali Around the World

For Diwali, the festival of lights, people honor the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, decorate their homes with flowers and diyas (earthen lamps), and celebrate the homecoming of the God Ram after he vanquished the demon king Ravana. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)
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This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 3, 2013. Here's a look at how Hindus around the world celebrate the festival of lights.

Interview: 'Iranian New Wave' Film Curator Uncovers a Precious, Threatened Legacy

Bahram Beyzaie's
Arts

A crucial, little seen period of Iranian film history comes to life at Asia Society New York for three weeks beginning this Saturday, November 2.

Photo of the Day: Shrouded in Holy Smoke in India

Onlookers stand as watch as a hindu ritual takes place in India on October 8, 2013. (Juan Luis Sánchez/Flickr)
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Onlookers stand as watch as a Hindu ritual takes place in India on October 8, 2013. (Juan Luis Sánchez/Flickr)

Odd Arne Westad Wins 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award

Odd Arne Westad has won Asia Society's 2013 Bernard Schwartz Book Award for
Policy

“I was inspired to write," says this year's Bernard Schwartz Book Award winner, "because I thought we needed more of a China-centered history of Chinese international affairs.”

Photo of the Day: Navigating Calm Waters in Myanmar

A boat gently makes its way across the calm waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar on October 3, 2013. (Myanmar Explorer/Flickr)
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A boat gently makes its way across the calm waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar on October 3, 2013. (Myanmar Explorer/Flickr)

Abbas: Obama and Sharif Meeting Signals Action Must Follow Words

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 23, 2013. (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

After a meeting in the Oval Office, U.S.-Pakistan relations are clearly improving, notes Asia Society Senior Adviser Hassan Abbas — but American drone strikes are an increasingly divisive sticking point.