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Asia Society's Young Afghan Leaders Take Position on Afghanistan's Future

An Afghan child peers around a door as U.S. Marines conduct a route assessment near Helmand River Valley in Nawa-I-Barakzayi District, Afghanistan on April 27, 2012. (Lance Cpl. Alexander Quiles/U.S. Marine Corps Official Page/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society's Young Afghan Leaders Initiative releases its position paper reflecting the common person's yearning for Afghanistan's development prior to the upcoming Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan.

Going, Going, Gone: Five of Asia's Most Endangered Languages

Japanese tourist with two Ainu in Hokkaido, date unknown. (Sgt. Steiner/Flickr)
Lifestyle

Meet the "hairy Ainu" of Japan, Taiwan's Saaroa, the Kusunda of Nepal, the last Manchus and the Jarawa of India's Andaman Islands.

Powerless Media=Powerless Citizens, Says China Youth Daily Editorial

A Chinese policeman stops photojournalists from taking pictures in Beijing. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Tapping into widespread public frustration with corruption among government officials, advocates of press freedom in China seem to have found an effective tool with which to ally citizens to the journalistic cause.

Asia Society Global Council Member Tommy Koh: Safe Water is a 'Human Right'

Clean drinking water from rainwater harvesting tank in Tilonia, India. (Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia/Flickr)
Policy

700 million people in Asia don't have access to safe drinking water. In a Straits Times op-ed, Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh proposes solutions for a looming crisis.

Photo of the Day: An Offering for the Gods in Sri Lanka

A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)
Multimedia

A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)

Interview: New Website Tracks China's Air Pollution in Pictures

Lifestyle

China Air Daily, a new site from Asia Society's China Green project, allows users to view daily photographs of the skies of China's major cities instead of having to plow through lists of statistical data (but if you like statistical data, it has plenty of that, as well).

Listen: The Official Theme Song for North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Policy

The "Great Successor" now has his very own propaganda hymn, entitled "Onwards Toward the Final Victory." Watch the video for it here, and download the sheet music.

For Lessons in Governance, Could Tidy Singapore Look to New York?

View from Marina Bay in southeastern Singapore. (Freimut/Flickr)
Policy

Singaporeans should be encouraged to get involved, and quickly, in the decisions that affect their everyday lives, argues Andrew Billo.

Photo of the Day: Lighting a Candle for Buddha in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A monk lighting candles in a pond during Visakha Bucha, a day that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 4, 2012. (CanvasOfLight/Flickr)
Multimedia

A monk lighting candles in a pond during Visakha Bucha, a day that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 4, 2012. (CanvasOfLight/Flickr)

China's Shark Fin Soup Ban Draws Contrasting Reactions on Weibo, Twitter

Fresh shark fins drying on sidewalk in Hong Kong on September 27, 2011. (cloneofsnake/Flickr)
Food & RecipesLifestyle

Users of Chinese and Western social media speak out on an announced ban on consumption of shark fin soup at Chinese government banquets.