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Photo of the Day: A Balancing Act in Myanmar

A fisherman balances precariously while rowing with his legs in Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar on May  9, 2013. (Fabio/Flickr)
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A fisherman balances precariously while rowing with his legs in Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar on May 9, 2013. (Fabio/Flickr)

Interview: Mother, Daughter Preserve Art Form in One of World's Most Volatile Places

Peshawar-based company LEL works to preserve pietra dura, the art of handcrafted stone inlay, adhering to ancient techniques but with contemporary innovations. Above: Iznik filigree tabletop. (Omer Gilani@Happa Studio)
Arts

Together with their team of Afghan and Pushtun artisans, Peshawar-based entrepreneurs Farhana and Meherunnisa Asad are preserving a decorative art that had been slowly petering out.

Photo of the Day: Sitting Pretty in Taiwan

A Black-naped Blue Flycatcher sits amongst the treetops at Taipei Botanical Garden in Taiwan on January 30, 2013. (John&Fish/Flickr)
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A Black-naped Blue Flycatcher sits amongst the treetops at Taipei Botanical Garden in Taiwan on January 30, 2013. (John&Fish/Flickr)

What Reza Aslan Said About Islamophobes Before His Viral Fox News Interview

Author Reza Aslan offers a witty response to the
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Watch a clip from Aslan's 2010 Asia Society appearance in which he boldly takes on Islamophobes and offers a witty response to the "unprecedented" wave of anti-Muslim prejudice he saw sweeping the U.S. in 2010.

Photos: On Global Tiger Day, a Look at Legendary Animal's Role in Asian Cultures

A tiger cub. (zeekwong Chan/flickr)

Today is Global Tiger Day. In honor of the occasion, we took a look at the tiger's role in three different Asian cultures and what needs to be done to ensure this legendary beast's survival.

Interview: 'Mango Bride' Author Illuminates 'Multi-Faceted' Filipino Diaspora

Novelist Marivi Soliven, author of
Arts

Novelist Marivi Soliven, who emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines at a young age, tells Asia Blog, "I did not become a person of color until I arrived in America."

Photo of the Day: Corn on the Cob in Nepal

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Corn is shucked and smoked and the husks are saved for later use as fuel in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 7, 2013. (Sharada Prasad/Flickr)

Biden 'Reaffirms' a US-India Relationship in Need of Stoking

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) interacts with students during a visit to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai on July 25, 2013. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri reports from India on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's attempt to strengthen ties with a crucial ally in Asia.

Video: That Time Jeremy Lin Mistook New York's Koreatown for Times Square

'Linsanity' (2013)
Lifestyle

The makers of the documentary Linsanity offer up some behind-the-scenes stories to the Asian American International Film Festival crowd at Asia Society in New York.

From Standing Committee to Standing Trial: Understanding Bo Xilai's Fall From Grace

Commuters look at the Intermediate People's Court — where Bo Xilai was indicted and his case is expected to be heard — reflected in a bus window in Jinan, Shandong province on July 25, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The ex-Chongqing party chief behind one of China's most notorious scandals in memory has been indicted on charges of bribery, abuse of power, and corruption. ChinaFile has the latest expert opinions ahead of the landmark trial.