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Interview: 'Desilicious' DJ Ashu Rai Creates Sonic Sanctuary for LGBT South Asians

She is the DJ, she is what she plays: Ashu Rai (L), co-founder of Sholay Productions, works the turntables. (Jennifer MacFarlane)
Lifestyle

The DJ behind New York City's long-running South Asian LGBT dance party talks about creating a safe space for the community and offers her music picks for the months ahead.

Photo of the Day: Waiting to Vote in Bhutan

A Bhutanese woman outside a polling station, waits to cast her vote in the second ever parliamentary election in Paro, Bhutan on May 31, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Bhutanese woman outside a polling station, waits to cast her vote in the second ever parliamentary election in Paro, Bhutan on May 31, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Video: Orville Schell on the Upcoming Obama-Xi Presidential Summit in California

Orville Schell
Policy

As Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Barack Obama prepare for their "casual" summit June 7-8 in California, we asked Orville Schell, director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, why this particular meeting is so important.

Interview: Linda Akutagawa on Fighting the Stereotype That Asian Americans Can't Lead

Linda Akutagawa. (Toyo Miyatake Studios)
Lifestyle

Akutagawa, president and CEO of Leadership for Asian Pacifics Inc. (LEAP), points to Vera Wang, Jeremy Lin, Norm Mineta, Major General Tony Taguba, and Indra Nooyi as proof that Asian Americans are rising to the top.

Photo of the Day: Vesak Buddhist Festival in Sri Lanka

A Buddha sits on display during the annual Vesak Buddhist festival, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 24, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Buddha sits on display during the annual Vesak Buddhist festival, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 24, 2013. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview: Michael Chang on Teenage Stardom, Jeremy Lin and Tennis in China

Michael Chang returns a shot to Pete Sampras while playing an exhibition match at Stanford University on July 11, 2012. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Chang, who in 1989 became the youngest male player ever to win a Grand Slam tennis event, also talks about his most memorable match and the state of American tennis.

Interview: Instagram Sensation Pei Ketron Points, Shoots, and Scores

Pei Ketron's ability to capture unique photos has made her an Instagram celebrity.
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The photographer and teacher's ability to capture unique photos has made her an Instagram celebrity.

Gothamist's Jen Chung on Mourning the Intimacy of New York's Blog Scene

Jen Chung, co-founder of Gothamist.
Lifestyle

One of New York's original city bloggers talks about being called "gook" in high school, her favorite websites and restaurants — and pandas, of course!

Photo of the Day: Landing for Food in India

A white heron slows down in flight to scoop up some food in India on May 14, 2013. (Abhishek Shirali/Flickr)
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A white heron slows down in flight to scoop up some food in India on May 14, 2013. (Abhishek Shirali/Flickr)

Interview: AP's Jean H. Lee Covers Both Koreas with Objectivity, Understanding

Jean H. Lee, Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press.
Policy

AP Korea Bureau Chief Jean H. Lee talks about the circuitous route she travels to get from Seoul to Pyongyang, her South Korean ancestry, and putting a "human" face on the lives of ordinary North Koreans.