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Obama's Surprise Asian-Born World Bank Pick Could 'Quell Critics'

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the nomination of Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim (C) for president of the World Bank, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on, in Washington, DC on March 23, 2012. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Policy

President Obama's decision to put up a Korean-born health and development expert for the World Bank chief job could help quell critics arguing against another U.S. politician or financier in the post.

Interview: Pakistani Motorcyclist Moin Khan on His Epic Journey

Lifestyle

Tired of negative media portrayals of his native Pakistan, Moin Khan decided to redefine his country's image through a 25,000-mile motorcycle ride across three continents.

Photo of the Day: Setting Sail in Indonesia

Multimedia

Two young men taking their boat out on the sea in Lombok Barat, West Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia on January 4, 2012. (Jeevs Sinclair/Flickr)

Book Review: 'Midnight in Peking' by Paul French

Arts

Maura Cunningham writes that French "elegantly recreates the world of Old Peking" as he tries to make sense of the bizarre unsolved murder of a 19-year-old British girl in 1937 Beijing.

Photo of the Day: Sorting Prints in Labrang Monastery, Tibet

Multimedia

A monk sorting prints in Labrang Monastery in Gansu province of Tibet on June 26, 2011. (Kevin Schoenmakers/Flickr)

India and the United States: Whither Democracies?

Samajwadi Party leader and designate chief minister for Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav leaves parliament after the opening of the budget session in New Delhi on March 12, 2012. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Unfolding events in India and the U.S. suggest there's actually hope for the democratic process, argues Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.

Interview: Peter Popham on Profiling Aung San Suu Kyi, 'Warts and All'

Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi greets her supporters wearing a traditional costume as she leaves after her speech in Lashio, the northern Shan state, on March 17, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Journalist Peter Popham will discuss his new book The Lady and the Peacock, a major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, at Asia Society New York on March 28. Click the headline to read our interview.

Photo of the Day: Wooden Toys in Taiwan

Multimedia

An old man looks up at the wooden toys hanging in his store's window in Lukang Township, Changhua County, Taiwan on March 17, 2012. (Yu-Jen Shih/Flickr)

Barack Obama Makes Cameo Appearance in Indonesian Puppet Show [Photos/Video]

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a cameo appearance in the Javanese shadow puppet performance at Asia Society New York on March 16, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Arts

A certain American VIP with ties to Indonesia turned up in an epic Javanese shadow puppet performance at Asia Society New York on Friday. See what he had to say by clicking the headline.

Watch: 'Long Island Buddha' in Hong Kong [Time-Lapse]

Zhang Huan's
Arts

How many people does it take to move a giant Buddha head? Find out in this video shot at Asia Society Hong Kong Center earlier this year.