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With Latest Nuclear Test, North Korea Chooses Guns Over Google

A North Korean soldier reacts as he patrols along the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, after the country conducted its third nuclear test on February 12, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Kim Jong Un's most recent provocation perpetuates North Korea's policy of favoring a military-first policy over the needs of its people.

Photo of the Day: Staggered Houses in North Korea

Snow covers the mountains and houses of Pyongyang, North Korea on January 14, 2013. (julianacunha/Flickr)
Multimedia

Snow covers the mountains and houses of Pyongyang, North Korea on January 14, 2013. (julianacunha/Flickr)

Video: Eye-Popping American Street Dance Comes to China

Filmmaker Ole Schell documented performances by Charles
Arts

In an interview with ChinaFile's Jonathan Landreth, filmmaker Ole Schell discusses his film about Lil Buck, a street dancer from Memphis who collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in China.

Video: Watch the Wu Man Concert That Prompted New York Times Rave Review

Wu Man (L) onstage at Asia Society New York with members of The Knights on February 7, 2013.
Arts

In her New York Times review of Asia Society's Wu Man and The Knights concert, published today, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim cites "gutsy renditions" of classic pieces and the "exquisite expression" on stage.

Photo of the Day: In Full Bloom for Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

A vibrant plethora of flowers at the Lunar New Year Fair at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on February 7, 2013. (Wendy Tang/Asia Society)
Multimedia

A vibrant plethora of flowers at the Lunar New Year Fair at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on February 7, 2013. (Wendy Tang/Asia Society)

Listen: 'I Sing Beijing' Makes Opera a Universal Language

A scene from the 'I Sing Beijing' highlights video. (YouTube)
Arts An international arts collaboration that bridges Brazil to Beijing and beyond, is now coming to New York.

Photo of the Day: Lunar New Year Wishes From Vietnam

A calligrapher writes down best wishes for the lunar new year or Tet in Vietnamese, for customers outside the Temple of Literature in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam on February 8, 2013. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

A calligrapher writes down best wishes for the lunar new year or Tet in Vietnamese, for customers outside the Temple of Literature in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam on February 8, 2013. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)

Gallery: Hand-Drawn Indian Movie Posters Convey 'Passion, Power and Immediacy'

Ramachandraiah and Raju's poster for the 2012 Bollywood caper
Arts

Traveling in South India, filmmaker and blogger Andy Deemer discovered a kind of outsider art that is routinely dismissed as "urban blight."

Photo of the Day: Playing Peekaboo in The Philippines

A man peeks out through the window of his store in Bacolod, Philippines on February 7, 2013. (nkn/Flickr)
Multimedia

A man peeks out through the window of his store in Bacolod, Philippines on February 7, 2013. (nkn/Flickr)

Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

Sung Hyo-sook,
Arts

Reflecting on his experience at the 2012 Busan Biennale in South Korea, art historian David Joselit shares his thoughts on the future of an increasingly globalized art world.