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Interview: Bo Wang's 'China Concerto' Turns Camera on Bo Xilai's 'Red' Chongqing

A still from Bo Wang's documentary
Arts

Bo Wang's film essay China Concerto, which made its U.S. debut at the Museum of Modern Art last week, takes a critical look at the culture of spectacle in contemporary China.

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.

Photo of the Day: Pops of Pink in Japan

Ume trees stand laden with vibrant plum blossoms in Chugoku Rergion, Japan on February 25, 2013. (Makoto Okuda/Flickr)
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Ume trees stand laden with vibrant plum blossoms in Chugoku Region, Japan on February 25, 2013. (Makoto Okuda/Flickr)

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)
Food & RecipesLifestyle

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.

Watch Asia Make its Mark at the Oscars, Past and Present

L to R: Animation director Erik-Jan De Boer, director Ang Lee, actor Suraj Sharma, composer Mychael Danna, and cinematographer Claudio Miranda attend the 20th Century Fox Academy Award Nominees Celebration on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
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As Ang Lee and Argo took home big honors last night, we reflect on the Asian impression left on the Academy Awards.

South Korea's New President Promises Era of 'Trustpolitik'

Park Geun-Hye, South Korea's president, salutes during her inauguration ceremony in the National Assembly on February 25, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Park Jin-Hee/Getty Images)
Policy

The first female president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, took the oath of office today during a time of opportunities and critical challenges for South Korea.

Photo of the Day: Ang Lee Wins His Second Oscar for Best Director

Ang Lee holds the trophy for Best Director for the movie Life of Pi in the press room during the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ang Lee holds the trophy for Best Director for the movie Life of Pi in the press room during the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2013, Literature Festival Provides 'Healing Touch' for Troubled Karachi

In 2013, the Karachi Literature Festival grew to three days' worth of events and attracted approximately 15,000 attendees. (Annie Ali Khan)
Arts

A festival devoted to reading and writing becomes a political statement in a city where bomb blasts, like thunderstorms, have become part of the natural order.

Video: Lil Buck Dances From Memphis to China to Stephen Colbert

Charles
Lifestyle

Watch a variety of videos featuring Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, who traveled to China in 2011 with Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and recently appeared on The Colbert Report.

Photo of the Day: Reflection in the Water in Japan

Calm waters reflect the branches of a tree in Gunma Prefecture, Japan on February 21, 2013. (
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Calm waters reflect the branches of a tree in Gunma Prefecture, Japan on February 21, 2013. ("masa/Flickr)