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Book Excerpt: 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' by Manu Joseph

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Arts

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," begins a certain other novel. How is other people's happiness "illicit?" Join the Chackos family in their quest for happiness in 1980s Madras. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10, 2013.

To Ensure Peace and Justice, International Community Must Lead by Example

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (C) arrives at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters on Dec. 9, 2011 for questioning over a deadly military crackdown he oversaw on mass opposition protests in Bangkok in April and May of 2010. (Joan Manuel Baliellas/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A critical question confronts Thailand, Sri Lanka and other Asian nations: Is lasting peace possible in the absence of justice?

Interview: Oscar Shortlisted Filmmaker Alison Klayman on Stumbling Onto Ai Weiwei

A poster from Alison Klayman's documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei,
Multimedia

“The Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012 was really the first time I’ve ever been to a film festival,” the first-time director admits.

Photo of the Day: Shadow Puppets in China

A boy and a girl meet in this shadow puppet show in Xi'an, China on September 9, 2012. (Poorfish/Flickr)
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A boy and a girl meet in this shadow puppet show in Xi'an, China on September 9, 2012. (Poorfish/Flickr)

Commander of US Pacific Forces Underscores US Commitment to Asia

Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, addresses Asia Society in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2012. (Kaitlin Kerwin/Asia Society)
Policy

"America is a Pacific power, and [U.S. Pacific Command] looks forward to the hard work ahead to allow us to do our part to keep a dynamic Asia-Pacific hopeful, peaceful and secure for decades to come," Admiral Samuel Locklear told Asia Society on December 6, 2012.

Summers: 'Disastrous' Fiscal Cliff Scenario Threatens U.S. Prestige, Security Worldwide

Lawrence H. Summers onstage at Asia Society New York on December 5, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Business

Former Harvard President and U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers sizes up the chances for a deal in Washington — and also gives his version of the events depicted in The Social Network.

Photo of the Day: Autumn in Japan

The leaves around this torii shrine change with the season in Matsudo, Japan on November 15, 2012. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)
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The leaves around this torii shrine change with the season in Matsudo, Japan on November 15, 2012. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)

Don't Write Off Afghanistan as 'Mission Impossible' Just Yet, Says Expert

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Smith talks to group of Afghan children during a combined patrol clearing operation in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on April 28, 2012. (United States Army/Flickr)
Policy

On the eve of the American pullout, experts are predicting worst-case scenarios for 2014 and beyond. But all hope is not yet lost, according to Hassan Abbas.

Recounting First Visit to China, Orville Schell Evokes a World of Difference

 In 1975 the author worked for a month at the Dazhai model agricultural work brigade in Shanxi province. Here he helps prepare the fields for maize, peanuts and fruit. (Orville Schell)
Policy

The Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations describes his first trip to China, at a time when the country seemed to represent not only the unknown but "the unknowable."

Typhoon Bopha Claims Over 280 Lives in the Philippines [UPDATED]

NASA satellites see Typhoon Bopha heading toward the Philippines. (NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr)
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The most southerly typhoon ever recorded in the Western Pacific hits southern Philippines, forces 40,000 people to evacuate their homes.