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Photo of the Day: Catching Prey in India

A wood lark perches on a rock with its prey between its beak in Sirudavoor, India on January 9, 2013. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
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A wood lark perches on a rock with its prey between its beak in Sirudavoor, India on January 9, 2013. (VinothChandar/Flickr)

Interview: Novelist Hari Kunzru on Mo Yan, Misogyny and National Indentity

Hari Kunzru at a book signing of his novel
Arts

"I consider Indians writing in English as writers, first and foremost," says award-winning author and journalist Hari Kunzru. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10.

Photo of the Day: A Bit of Irony in the Forbidden City

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An "ObaMao" T-Shirt hangs on a clothes line in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on January 8, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)

Video: Chuck Hagel Says 'You Do Have to Engage' With Iran

L to R: Sen. Chuck Hagel, Time columnist Joe Klein and Asia Society Chairman Richard Holbrooke at Asia Society headquarters on October 24, 2008. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is President Obama's pick for Secretary of Defense. Watch his comments on Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, made at Asia Society in October 2008.

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