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Interview: Richard Samuels Says Japan Partisanship Worse After Earthquake

Richard Samuels (L) and the cover of his new book (R). (Richard Samuels)
Policy

MIT professor Richard Samuels talks to Asia Society about his new book on politics in Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of March 2011.

Photo of the Day: Lighting Up the Highest Peaks in Nepal

Bright beams of sunshine bathe the Himalayas peaks in Nepal on February 27, 2013. (anaadi+/Flickr)
Multimedia

Bright beams of sunshine bathe the Himalayas peaks in Nepal on February 27, 2013. (anaadi+/Flickr)

Sequestering America's Pacific Century

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) discusses sequestration as (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) listen on February 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Washington, D.C., Director Matt Stumpf says change is rapid in Asia, and it won’t wait for American politicians who can't make spending decisions.

Photo of the Day: Greetings from Inle Lake in Myanmar

A fisherman waves from the water at Inle Lake in Myanmar on Febryary 23, 2013. (kudumomo/Flickr)
Multimedia

A fisherman waves from the water at Inle Lake in Myanmar on Febryary 23, 2013. (kudumomo/Flickr)

Guggenheim's 'No Country' Exhibit Bound for Asia Society Hong Kong in Fall

Navin Rawanchaikul,
Arts

Lauded by Holland Cotter in the New York Times, a new group exhibition encompasses 22 artists and collectives from the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Interview: Bo Wang's 'China Concerto' Turns Camera on Bo Xilai's 'Red' Chongqing

A still from Bo Wang's documentary
Arts

Bo Wang's film essay China Concerto, which made its U.S. debut at the Museum of Modern Art last week, takes a critical look at the culture of spectacle in contemporary China.

Video: Violinist Jason Yang Uses Talent to Build Hype for 'Game of Thrones'

Jason Yang and fellow musicians perform the theme to HBO's
Multimedia

Taiwanese-American electric violinist Jason Yang, who performed on The Colbert Report last week with street dancer Lil Buck, also performed the Game of Thrones theme song for an HBO event.

Photo of the Day: Pops of Pink in Japan

Ume trees stand laden with vibrant plum blossoms in Chugoku Rergion, Japan on February 25, 2013. (Makoto Okuda/Flickr)
Multimedia

Ume trees stand laden with vibrant plum blossoms in Chugoku Region, Japan on February 25, 2013. (Makoto Okuda/Flickr)

Multimedia: 'Ramen Dreams' Chef Picks His Five Best Ramen Joints in United States

Chicken-based tori paitan broth at Totto Ramen in New York, N.Y. (Keizo Shimamoto)
Food & RecipesLifestyle

A ramen fanatic who consumes an estimated 600 bowls a year, the subject of Michael McAteer's award-winning short film, names his favorite ramen spots in America.

Watch Asia Make its Mark at the Oscars, Past and Present

L to R: Animation director Erik-Jan De Boer, director Ang Lee, actor Suraj Sharma, composer Mychael Danna, and cinematographer Claudio Miranda attend the 20th Century Fox Academy Award Nominees Celebration on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
Multimedia

As Ang Lee and Argo took home big honors last night, we reflect on the Asian impression left on the Academy Awards.