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Photo: Obama, in Bali, Reconsiders Position on Colorful Shirts Issue

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) wearing Indonesian traditional clothes attend the gala dinner during the East Asia Summit in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Nov. 18, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Veteran observers of the Asia Pacific scene were heartened no end this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama appeared at the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia looking resplendent in an embroidered Indonesian dress shirt.

Obama wore the shirt, a stylish dark green number with orange accents, to an official state dinner in Nusa Dua on Friday, November 18. He was joined by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other Asia Pacific leaders, all clad in traditional Indonesian dress shirts.

Upcoming Asia Society Sarah Sze Exhibition Previewed in New York Times

Sarah Sze, <i>Checks and Balances</i>, 2011. Stone, string, and ink on archival paper. Private collection.
Arts

Asia Society Museum's forthcoming Sarah Sze: Infinite Line, the first exhibition to focus specifically both on the artist’s work on paper and on her process, was singled out for advance mention in the New York Times "Arts Beat" section this past Friday.<

Photo of the Day: Ronaldo in Iran

Multimedia

Posters of Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo for sale by the side of a road in Isfahan, Iran, November 5, 2011. (Grumbler /Flickr)

Challenges Lie Ahead for Burma/Myanmar Leadership

Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on December 8, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Drn /Getty Images)
Policy

Today marks a historic day in Burma/Myanmar but the country's leadership must be prepared to make structural changes.

The Continued Trial of Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, at Tompkins Square Park, New York, 1986
Arts

The Chinese Communist Party continues to make life difficult for the artist Ai Weiwei. Following a three-month detention earlier this year on account of "economic crimes", Ai has resumed his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government through social media outlets like Twitter and Google+.

Photo of the Day: Elephant Bath, Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan man gives a bath to an elephant near Villa Ocean View hotel in Wadduwa, Sri Lanka on November 12, 2011. (Rakhitha M. Karunarathne /Flickr)

Is This the Burmese Spring?

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Indonesia on November 18, 2011. (Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

When Hillary Clinton makes her historic visit to Burma in December, she needs to press and prod the government towards reform.

Mind Your Text Messages, Say Pakistani Officials

A Pakistani mobile seller shows phones to a customer at a Lahore electronics market in 2010. As of late 2011, Pakistan is estimated to have 100 million cell phone users. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) are planning to impose a ban on a list of words considered obscene or offensive.

The Guardian story Butt out! Pakistan Telecom Watchdog drafts rude text message ban mentions words like "strap-in", "beat your meat", "crotch rot". "love pistol", "pocket pool" and "quickie" from the banned list to illustrate some examples. 

New Asia Foundation Afghanistan Survey to Launch in New York on Friday

An Afghan man being interviewed in his home in Panjshir, approximately 60 miles from Kabul, for the Asia Foundation survey
Policy

Tomorrow morning in New York City, Asia Society hosts a launch event for the new Asia Foundation survey Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Photo of the Day: Lulusar Lake, Pakistan

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A view of Lulusar Lake, the source of the Kunhar River which lies along the Naran-Babusar-Chilas Highway, in Mansehra District, Pakistan, taken in October 2009. The lake is famous for its placid waters and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. (Imran M. Khan)