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Photo of the Day: Dance of the Apsaras in Cambodia

A classical dance troupe in Siem Reap, northwestern Cambodia performs the traditional dance of the apsaras on October 1, 2012 (h0lydevil/Flickr)
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A classical dance troupe in Siem Reap, northwestern Cambodia performs the traditional dance of the apsaras on October 1, 2012. (h0lydevil/Flickr)

The 'Visionary' Women Critical to a Unified Myanmar

A Kachin tribe woman listens to Aung San Suu Kyi in the town of Moe Kaung on February 23, 2012. (Soe Than Win/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Asia 21 fellow Wenchi Yu argues that formerly-suppressed women's border NGOs should not be excluded from reform in Myanmar.

Book Excerpt: How You Can Tap China and India's $10 Trillion Consumer Markets

Business

Boston Consulting Group experts explain why consumer markets in China and India are poised for huge growth as the nations' citizens continue to amass — and learn how to spend — their increasing wealth.

Interview: 'Assassins' Author Tarun J. Tejpal Exposes India's Gritty Underbelly

Author and journalist Tarun Tejpal talks to an audience during the Kathmandu Literary Jatra in Kathmandu on September 16, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

"I just wanted to tell the story I wanted to tell — as uncompromisingly as I could," says the author of a savage new novel about India's underclass. Appearing at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 4.

Photo of the Day: Chased by the Sun in Sri Lanka

A young man takes off running as the sun sets over Galle Forte in Southern Sri Lanka on January 9, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)
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A young man takes off running as the sun sets over Galle Forte in Southern Sri Lanka on January 9, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)

Interview: Indonesian Troupe Uses Puppets to Remember a Difficult History

An image from the Papermoon Puppet Theatre's 'Mwathirika.' (Indra Wicaksono)
Arts

An Indonesian puppet theater uses an unconventional medium to portray a period of political turmoil. Appearing live at Asia Society New York on Monday, October 1.

Evolution of a Classic: Ice Cream Mooncakes [Video]

Angry Birds mooncakes based on the worldwide hit game by Finnish entertainment media company Rovio are displayed during a preview at a restaurant in Singapore on July 3, 2012. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/GettyImages)
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The ice cream mooncake has turned tradition on its head. Does it still carry symoblic meaning for the mid-autumn festival? Like so many objects before it, the mooncake is writing its own biography.

Private-Public Collaboration Key to Better Treatment of Migrant Workers

Chinese migrant workers leave their factory construction site for a lunch break in Beijing on March 16, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In Asia, as in the U.S., business benefits from a cheap, reliable labor force that can be coerced into working long hours without protest. But can the private sector be enlisted to help curb these abuses?

Photo of the Day: The Daily News in Singapore

A man reads the morning newspaper in Chinatown, Singapore on September 18, 2012. (beegee49/Flickr)
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A man reads the morning newspaper in Chinatown, Singapore on September 18, 2012. (beegee49/Flickr)

Myanmar President Thein Sein: No Reversal to Democratic Transition [Video]

Myanmar President Thein Sein answers questions from moderator Suzanne DiMaggio (L) at Asia Society in New York,  Sept. 27, 2012. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)
Policy

In a landmark appearance at Asia Society headquarters in New York on Thursday, Myanmar President Thein Sein said that his country has left behind its authoritarian government and that the road to democracy was irreversible.