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Indonesia: Rupiah May Have Rallied, But Jakarta's Policy Decisions Still Bear Scrutiny

An Indonesian clerk holds stacks of Indonesian rupiah notes at a currency exchange office in Jakarta on Sept. 4, 2013. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

It may never be quite clear how much credit Indonesia's government deserves for righting its currency after its recent tumble, according to two analysts with the consultancy Control Risks.

Photo of the Day: Attention to Detail in Thailand

Prateep Rodpai, one of Thailand's last traditional Khon mask makers works in his studio on July 8, 2011 in Angthong, Thailand. These handmade masks can take around 10 days to make. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Prateep Rodpai, one of Thailand's last traditional Khon mask makers works in his studio on July 8, 2011 in Angthong, Thailand. These handmade masks can take around 10 days to make. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Photo of the Day: Capturing the Moment in Malaysia

A photographer captures a luminous display of fireworks in Putrajaya, Malaysia on August 31, 2013. (William Cheng/Flickr)
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A photographer captures a luminous display of fireworks in Putrajaya, Malaysia on August 31, 2013. (William Cheng/Flickr)

Asia Society Remembers Art Historian Michael Sullivan, 1916-2013

Two of the late Michael Sullivan's works on Chinese art are
Arts

Asia Society notes the passing of art historian Michael Sullivan, a major figure in modern Chinese art history and criticism.

Domestic Politics Trumps Foreign Policy, and US Loses in Asia

Not going anywhere: U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Taylor Gourmet Deli in Washington, DC on Oct. 4, 2013. Obama canceled this weekend's trip to Asia as  the federal government as the shutdown went into its fourth day. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Mike Kulma explains why President Obama's just-announced cancellation of his Asia trip is harmful to American interests on multiple levels.

Photo of the Day: Nearly Spring in New Zealand

A tree begins to bloom, signaling the start of spring in Wellington, New Zealand on September 13, 2013. (sleepcreature/Flickr)
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A tree begins to bloom, signaling the start of spring in Wellington, New Zealand on September 13, 2013. (sleepcreature/Flickr)

Video: 'Iran Modern' Showcases 'Originality, Indviduality,' According to Co-Curator

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Fereshteh Daftari, co-curator of Asia Society Museum's Iran Modern exhibition, shares her insights into the inception, curation and themes of the art on view.

Photo of the Day: A Vibrant Sale in Sri Lanka

A woman walks past colorful paintings for sale on the roadside in Colombo, Sri Lanka on September 28, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/Getty Images)
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A woman walks past colorful paintings for sale on the roadside in Colombo, Sri Lanka on September 28, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/Getty Images)

Excerpt: How Robert Wilson Once Staged a Play in Iran That Lasted 168 Hours

Archival image from the 1972 Shiraz Arts Festival performance of
Arts

The legendary theater director describes how he and more than 700 collaborators put on, at Iran's Shiraz Arts Festival, a production lasting seven days. Asia Society symposium on the Shiraz Arts Festival this Saturday, October 5.

Photos of the Day: On His Birthday, Celebrating the Man of Peace Around the World

A girl walks past a painting of Mahatma Gandhi in an alleyway in New Delhi, India on March 17, 2013. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's independence movement, was born in Porbandar, India on on October 2, 1869. Here's a look at the many tributes to Gandhi on his birthday.