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Photo of the Day: A Camel Ride in Rajasthan

A boy crosses the Thar desert astride a camel in Rajasthan, India on October 22, 2012. (Nagarjun/Flickr)
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A boy crosses the Thar desert astride a camel in Rajasthan, India on October 22, 2012. (Nagarjun/Flickr)

Photos: Close-Up Portraits of a Transforming Myanmar

In Yangon, members of the punk group Rebel Riot rest outside a newsstand with a poster of opposition leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi on July 3, 2012. (Gilles Sabrié)
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French photographer Gilles Sabrié shares his experiences and photographs from a country grappling with unprecedented change.

Photo of the Day: Market Day in Turkmenistan

A woman sells grain in a bazaar in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan on October 30, 2011. (Kerri-Jo/Flickr)
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A woman sells grain in a bazaar in Ashkabad, Turkmenistan on October 30, 2012. (Kerri_Jo/Flickr)

Government Fiddles While Indonesia's Workforce Burns

Indonesian workers display placards during a rally in Jakarta on Nov. 21, 2012, when thousands of workers took to the streets calling on the government to increase wages and end the practice of outsourcing manpower. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A wage increase in Jakarta this week doesn't go far enough in settling labor disputes that are roiling the country's manufacturing sector, says Associate Fellow Michael Buehler.

China's Leadership Change: A Paradox in Transition

Asia Society's Orville Schell tells Asia Society members that China's government has a
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Asia Society's Orville Schell explains how China's government suffers from a "leadership deficit."

Book Excerpt: 'Northern Girls' by Sheng Keyi

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In this excerpt from her debut novel, one of China's leading new novelists puts a human face on the phenomenon of mass migration. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Tuesday, November 27.

Video: For Vir Das and Other South Asian Comics, the Best Punchline is Life Unfolding

Actor and comedian Vir Das performing a stand-up skit in India.
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As actor and comedian Vir Das prepares to discuss comedy and its social function with Asia Society's India Centre, we take a look at how several South Asian comics use humor to tell the stories of our lives.

Photo of the Day: Sunrise Over a Bustling Tokyo

The sunrises over a bustling cityscape in Tokyo, Japan on September 11, 2012. (Guy Gorek/Flickr)
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The sun rises over a bustling cityscape in Tokyo, Japan on September 11, 2012. (Guy Gorek/Flickr)

Audio: Expert Says Timing of Obama's Myanmar Visit 'Exactly Right'

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop at her private residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Pete Souza/U.S. Department of State)
Policy

Asked for comment by WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio explains why President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia is the right move at the right time.

Hugs and Honors for Chinese Teen at White House Arts Education Ceremony

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Lianyun Wu during an awards ceremony for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 19, 2012. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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A White House award recognizes thirteen-year-old Lianyun Wu, from rural southwestern China, for her work preserving the cultural heritage of the indigenous Dong people.