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Evolution of a Classic: Ice Cream Mooncakes [Video]

Angry Birds mooncakes based on the worldwide hit game by Finnish entertainment media company Rovio are displayed during a preview at a restaurant in Singapore on July 3, 2012. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/GettyImages)
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The ice cream mooncake has turned tradition on its head. Does it still carry symoblic meaning for the mid-autumn festival? Like so many objects before it, the mooncake is writing its own biography.

Private-Public Collaboration Key to Better Treatment of Migrant Workers

Chinese migrant workers leave their factory construction site for a lunch break in Beijing on March 16, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In Asia, as in the U.S., business benefits from a cheap, reliable labor force that can be coerced into working long hours without protest. But can the private sector be enlisted to help curb these abuses?

Photo of the Day: The Daily News in Singapore

A man reads the morning newspaper in Chinatown, Singapore on September 18, 2012. (beegee49/Flickr)
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A man reads the morning newspaper in Chinatown, Singapore on September 18, 2012. (beegee49/Flickr)

Myanmar President Thein Sein: No Reversal to Democratic Transition [Video]

Myanmar President Thein Sein answers questions from moderator Suzanne DiMaggio (L) at Asia Society in New York,  Sept. 27, 2012. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)
Policy

In a landmark appearance at Asia Society headquarters in New York on Thursday, Myanmar President Thein Sein said that his country has left behind its authoritarian government and that the road to democracy was irreversible.

Asia Society Fellow Alexander Evans Bridges Worlds of Diplomacy and Academia

Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Alexander Evans in London. (Courtesy Alexander Evans)

Asia Society's newest Bernard Schwartz Fellow discusses his dual careers as an academic and a diplomat with the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

Watch: Pakistan FM Calls Drone Strikes 'Illegal,' Says 'This Has to Be Our War'

An activist of Muttahida Sheri Mahaz burns US flag during a protest in Multan on July 7, 2012, against a recent US drone attack. (S S Mirza/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

"As a drone flies over the territory of Pakistan, it becomes an American war again," said Hina Rabbani Khar at Asia Society in New York.

Pakistan FM Khar 'Embarrassed' By Riots, But Calls for Understanding

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar responds to a question at Asia Society in New York on Thursday, September 27, 2012. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

"We do not condone violence," Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Thursday at Asia Society in New York. "That is not what Islam teaches us."

Photo of the Day: Fishermen Afloat in Myanmar

Fishermen at work on the Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar on January 7, 2008. (immu/Flickr)
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Fishermen at work on the Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar on January 7, 2008. (immu/Flickr)

Thai Prime Minister: 'Woman's Touch' Needed in South China Sea Dispute

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

Yingluck Shinawatra said her government will "make every effort to help build trust and confidence" among parties in the South China Sea disputes in a speech at Asia Society in New York.

Interview: Lin Tianmiao on Art, Influence, and 'Bodily Reaction' as Inspiration

Lin Tianmiao: 'Gazing Back - procreating (outdoor),' 2009. Polyurea, automotive paint, television recordings. (Lin Tianmiao)
Arts

Artist Lin Tianmiao, currently featured at Asia Society Museum, talks to Sun Yunfan of ChinaFile about her influences, becoming a mother, and the "Chinese-ness" of contemporary Chinese art.