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A Tale of Two Viruses: SARS, Bird Flu, and What They Say About China Then and Now

Despite public concern about the emergence of H7N9 bird flu in Shanghai, only a handful of pedestrians walking along the waterfront Bund on April 8, 2013 chose to don face masks. (Maura Elizabeth Cunningham)

Despite obvious similarities between the SARS and "bird flu" outbreaks, writes an American correspondent in Shanghai, it's harder for China's government to hide things today than it was in 2003.

Multimedia: Chitra Agrawal on Making, and Finding, Good South Indian Vegetarian Food

Masala dosas at Saravana Bhaavan in New York City. (Pei Ketron/penelopesloom.com)
Lifestyle

Chitra Agrawal explains how you can prepare certain key South Indian vegetarian dishes at home — and also where to find them when you're dining out.

Video: How to Make a Leotini, Asia Society's Signature Martini

Take a step-by-step look at how we create our classic, refreshing, Asia-inspired drink, served only at Asia Society. (Tahiat Mahboob/Asia Society)
Multimedia

It's shaken, not stirred — but it's not a Bond martini! Take a step-by-step look at how we create our classic, refreshing, Asia-inspired drink, served only at Asia Society.

Photo of the Day: A Lonely Jackal in India

A jackal runs along a deserted road in Kanha National Park, India on April 7, 2013. (nandadevieast/Flickr)
Multimedia

A jackal runs along a deserted road in Kanha National Park, India on April 7, 2013. (nandadevieast/Flickr)

Sino-U.S. Power Play in Asia: India's Imperatives

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on November 8, 2010. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

India's foreign policy focus, explains C. Raja Mohan, is on deepening engagement with both Washington and Beijing while retaining a prudent "strategic autonomy."

Photos: New Guidebook Picks Best Korean Food in New York City

Cho Dang Gol in midtown Manhattan, New York City. (Gabi Porter)
Lifestyle

Matt Rodbard, author of a handy new hot pink guide book to Korean cuisine in New York, shares the "dish" on his personal favorites.

Photo of the Day: Perfectly Perched in Thailand

A dragonfly sits on a vibrant green leaf in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand on April 7, 2013. (Troup1/Flickr)
Multimedia

A dragonfly sits on a vibrant green leaf in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand on April 7, 2013. (Troup1/Flickr)

Experts Debate: Is China Doing All It Can to Rein in Kim Jong Un?

Two North Korean men, center, listen to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei during a press briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2013. North Korea appears to be preparing a fourth nuclear test as well as a provocative missile launch, South Korea said, despite an unusually blunt call from China for restraint. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A ChinaFile panel of experts assess whether China might finally be out of patience with its intractable smaller neighbor.

Photo of the Day: Peaceful Green Waters in Singapore

A boat is anchored in still green waters at Singapore Zoo, Singapore on April 6, 2013. (Eduardo Seastres)

A boat is anchored in still green waters at Singapore Zoo, Singapore on April 6, 2013. (Eduardo Seastres)

In US Asia Policy, Great Success Requires Greater Ambition

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a joint press conference with Yun Byung-se, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the State Department in Washington, DC on April 2, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society D.C. Director Matt Stumpf says Secretary of State John Kerry would do well to focus on bringing a "fresh, positive vision" for U.S.-Asia relations when he visits the region later this week.