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Live from New York, on Your Computer, a Musical Convergence from Iran and Syria

L to R: Sound: The Encounter is Basel Rajoub (standing), Naghib Shanbehzadeh and Saeid Shanbehzadeh. (Sebastian Schutyser/Aga Khan Music Initiative)
Arts

Asia Society New York's December 7 concert with these multi-talented multi-instrumentalists is sold-out, but music fans all over the world can catch a free live webcast on AsiaSociety.org.

Has Recent Coverage of Global School Rankings Missed the Point?

Students in class at the Jing'an Education College Affiliated School in Shanghai, China, whose school system was named
Education

The United States and China have a number of ideological differences — but is education policy one of them? Ahead of an Asia Society New York panel discussion on December 10, four education experts assess a hotly debated new global education study.

Photos of the Day: Nelson Mandela in Asia

Flowers are placed in front of an image of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing, China on December 6, 2013. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Policy

As the world mourns the passing of South African political leader and activist Nelson Mandela, Asia Blog offers some memorable images from his trips to Asia over the years.

Interview: How Mobile Technology is Empowering the Philippines' Poor

Outside a sari-sari convenience store in the Philippines.
Business

Ibrahim "Ibba" Bernardo, and Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, talks about spreading technology among small business owners in the Philippines and beyond.

China v. Japan: Three Questions, and a Sea of Anxiety

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013. (Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski, currently traveling in China, asks, "Could the world's great powers really come to blows over a handful of rocky, uninhabited islands?"

Photo of the Day: Inquisitive in Vietnam

A young girl stares at the photographer inquisitively near CatCat Village in Vietnam on November 12, 2013. (Maciej Hrynczyszyn/Flickr)
Multimedia

A young girl stares at the photographer inquisitively near CatCat Village in Vietnam on November 12, 2013. (Maciej Hrynczyszyn/Flickr)

Interview: How Much Did Your Backpacking Trip Through Asia Impact the Environment?

A still from 'Gringo Trails.'
Lifestyle

Pegi Vail, director of the new documentary 'Gringo Trails,' on the transformative effects of tourism on the places and people involved.

Interview: What It Was Like to Photograph the 'Shabby, Squalid Dignity' of the Kowloon Walled City

Arts

Greg Girard and Ian Lambot share their stories of photographing the famed Kowloon Walled City.

Photo of the Day: Flourishing in Fiji

An island flourishing with flora in Fiji on November 4, 2013. (Andy McDowall/Flickr)
Multimedia

An island flourishing with flora in Fiji on November 4, 2013. (Andy McDowall/Flickr)

Interview: Gurcharan Das on Dharma, Capitalism and India's 'Robber Baron' Phase

Gurcharan Das. (BBC World Service/Flickr)
Business

The author and former India chief for Procter & Gamble shares his vision for India's future ahead of his December 5 appearance at Asia Society New York.