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Forbes Names Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie Chan 'Hero of Philanthropy'

Asia Society Co-Chairs Henrietta Fore (L) and Ronnie Chan (R) at the opening of Asia Society's Hong Kong Center on February 9, 2012. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Business

Chan was chosen in part for driving fundraising for Asia Society's "gleaming new building in Hong Kong," and donating $1.3 million from his own wallet.

Japan Has More Pets Than Kids, but Does That Tell Us Anything?

Pampered pooch all dressed up in Harajuku.
Lifestyle

Japan's pet population surpasses the number of its children, but does that mean the Japanese are opting for pets over parenthood?

Desai: Bigger Voice for Asians Needed in US Society

A group of newly natualized U.S. citizens say the Pledge of Allegiance after taking their Oath of Allegiance at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, on Sept. 20, 2010. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A Pew Research Center study shows that more Asians than Latinos are now immigrating to the U.S. But why are Asians still so underrepresented in public debate?

Photo of the Day: Japanese Village, the Morning After a Typhoon

The Japanese village of Hidaka, in the Kochi prefecture, basks in the sun's rays after Typhoon Gochul passed on June 19, 2012. Mark Mrwizard/Flickr)
Multimedia

The Japanese village of Hidaka, in the Kochi prefecture, basks in the sun's rays after Typhoon Gochul passed on June 19, 2012. Mark Mrwizard/Flickr)

Expert: Why a Group of BRICS Has Pledged Cash to a Wealthier West

(L to R) Brazilian President Dilma Roussef, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and South African President Jacob Zuma join their hands during a BRICS's Presidents meeting in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2012 before the opening of the G20 leaders Summit. (Roberto Stuckert Filho/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri says India and China used the "BRICS" label as political cover to send aid to the ailing, though by some measures better-off, Eurozone.

Interview: New Film Documents Removal of Kathputli Artists' Colony in New Delhi

A Kathputli colony puppeteer in New Delhi. (Joshua Cogan)
Arts The forthcoming 'Tomorrow We Disappear' investigates the city's destruction of the Kathputli colony of magicians, artists and puppeteers in New Delhi.

The Best Chinese Restaurants in America: Are They All in California?

Koi Palace in Daly City, California. (ZakVTA/Flickr)
Food & RecipesLifestyle

We asked Los Angeles-based foodie David Chan — who has eaten at more than 6,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. — to rank his top 10.

Multimedia: Rohingya Refugees Refused Access on World Refugee Day

A Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, who tried to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence, reacts while kept under watch by Bangladeshi security officials after disembarking from an intercepted boat in Teknaf on June 18, 2012. (Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP/GettyImages)

Bangladesh refuses entry to 90,000 Rohingya refugees.

Happiness with Chinese Characteristics

Yue Minjun’s sculpture 'The Last 5000 Years' on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Jeff Howard/Flickr)
Lifestyle

The first ever United Nations World Happiness Report ranked China the 112th happiest country out of 156. This sparked a heated debate about true happiness on China's microblogs.

Experts: Self-Critical Pentagon Report Demonstrates Limits of Military Action

A soldier with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse scans a nearby hilltop during a search of the Qual-e Jala village, Afghanistan. (The U.S. Army/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society experts reflect on the draft Pentagon report outlining key lessons from a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.