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Interview: Novelist Manu Joseph Explores Family Happiness, 'Illicit' and Otherwise

Novelist Manu Joseph at the World's Literature Festival in Norwich, England on June 23, 2011. (Writers' Centre Norwich/Flickr)
Arts

Award-winning novelist Manu Joseph says of his latest book, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, "I haven't made up anything." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10 and at Asia Society Texas Center on January 15.

Photo of the Day: Twinkling in the Twilight in Japan

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is shrouded in a purple haze at twilight in Kobe, Japan on January 7, 2013. (halfrain/Flickr)
Multimedia

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is shrouded in a purple haze at twilight in Kobe, Japan on January 7, 2013. (halrain/Flickr)

A Brutal Gang Rape, and India's 'Purdah' Problem

Indian protestors march behind a banner as they take part in a candlelight procession in Guwahati on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gang rape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"A purdah mentality still dogs Indian society," writes Mira Kamdar. "A woman who can be seen is seen as a woman available for violation."

2013: Sino-Japanese Relations on the Rocks

A Japanese flotilla from Japan's coast guard is vigilant in defending the waters off the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. (Al Jazeera English/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow John Ciorciari argues that in 2013, economics should take precedence over nationalism in the conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

Photo of the Day: Colorful Doors in Taiwan

Two color-coordinated houses stand side by side in Taipei City, Taiwan on January 4, 2013 . (David H. Chu/Flickr)

Two color-coordinated houses stand side by side in Taipei City, Taiwan on January 4, 2013 . (David H. Chu/Flickr)

Photos: Subjects, Including Cute Kids, Choose Photographer in Northern India

Anjum Vahanvati's image
Multimedia

Well-traveled photographer Anjum Vahanvati turned a car breakdown in northern India into an award-winning photo opportunity.

Photo of the Day: Silent Waters of the Java Sea

A small row boat glides serenely across the Java Sea on January 3, 2013. (rickz/Flickr)
Multimedia

A small row boat glides serenely across the Java Sea on January 3, 2013. (rickz/Flickr)

After Year of Transitions in Northeast Asia, 2013 Needs to Be a Year of Leadership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping prior to a meeting in Beijing on Sept. 19, 2012. (U.S. Secretary of Defense/Flickr)
Policy

With a resurgent nationalism just one trend potentially threatening the region, new leaders settling into office need to provide steady hands, says Asia Society's Michael Kulma.

Burberry, Baijiu and Bo: Five Lessons Learned in China's Luxury Market in 2012

Prada store in Plaza 66 on Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, taken on March 22, 2011. (Remko Tanis/Flickr)
Lifestyle

Despite an overall more challenging year, Western luxury brands remain optimistic about China — and for good reason, reports Avery Booker.

Remembering 'Iconic' Beate Sirota Gordon, 1923-2012

Beate Sirota Gordon in the Asia Society New York auditorium in 1987. (Mark Stern)
Arts

From 1970 to 1991, Gordon served as Asia Society's director of performing arts and then later director of performances, films and lectures. But Asia Society was just one chapter in a remarkable life.