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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)
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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.

Photo of the Day: Vibrant Chilum Jusht Spring Festival in Pakistan

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Female members of the Kalash tribe of Chitral in northern Pakistan at the annual Chilum Jusht Spring Festival. This photograph was taken by Asia Blog reader Ali Jan in May 2012.

Interview: Bit by Bit, Filmmaker Shares a Crowd-Funded Story of Japan Rebuilding

A carpenter in Motoyoshi reconstructing a beer garden, from Chapter 3 of 'We Are All Radioactive.'
Multimedia

One chapter at a time, through the power of crowd-funding, journalist Lisa Katayama tells a story of rebuilding lives, and hope, in the tsunami-stricken town of Motoyoshi, Japan.

Re-Reading Pearl Buck's 'The Good Earth'

Pearl S. Buck's 'The Good Earth' was published in 1931 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1932. Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
Arts

The 1931 novel has its faults, but it deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone heading to the Chinese countryside for the first time who wants to know a bit about the history of Chinese peasant life, writes Maura Cunningham.