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Interview: New Website Lets Peshawar, Pakistan Tell Its Own Stories

The Qissa Khwani Bazaar in the old city of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Iftikhar Firdaus)
Arts

Zalan Khan and his collaborators at Qissa-Khwani.com build on ancient traditions of storytelling to share local perspectives and reclaim their story from mainstream media.

Photo of the Day: A Little Red Bauble in Taiwan

A red paper lantern hangs from teh side of a building in Taiwan on May 21, 2012. (acdovier/Flickr)
Multimedia

A red paper lantern hangs from the side of a building in central Taiwan on May 21, 2012. (acdovier/Flickr)

India's Central Bank Governor Refuses to Play Politics With Inflation

Dr. Duvurri Subbarao, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, will appear at Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. (siddylam/Flickr)
Policy

"Subbarao was believed to have been chosen as central banker in 2008 because he was seen as being unlikely to buck his political masters. If so, he has proven the government wrong repeatedly," writes Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri.

Interview: A Video for Chinese People 'Concerned About the Air They Breathe'

Multimedia

After months of documenting China's air quality, Asia Society's China Air Daily project will now take its findings to an international photography festival in China's Shanxi Province.

Asia Society's La Frances Hui on the Subversive Humor of Stephen Chow

Hong Kong screen icon Stephen Chow (L) in  'Fight Back to School II' (1992).
Arts

Asia Society Film Curator La Frances Hui offers an appreciation of the seemingly nonsensical humor of Stephen Chow for the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Photo of the Day: Having Fun After the Rain in Manila

Young boys still keep smiling after the typhoon Soala in Manila, Philippines on August 9, 2012. (Matt Paish 2011/Flickr)
Multimedia

Young boys still keep smiling after Typhoon Soala in Manila, Philippines on August 9, 2012. (Matt Paish 2011/Flickr)

Lung Yingtai: Culture Can Reveal 'Hidden Wounds' on Both Sides of Taiwan Strait

Writer and public intellectual Lung Yingtai, Taiwan's first-ever Minister of Culture, at Asia Society New York on August 22, 2012.
Policy

Author and public intellectual Lung Yingtai, Taiwan's Minister of Culture, argues for culture as a means of lessening tensions, and possibly healing wounds, on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Photo of the Day: Divinely Lit Up in India

Hindus honor the birth of Lord Krishna on Krishna Janmashtami in New Delhi, India. (Christine Marrewa Karwoski)
Multimedia

Hindus honor the birth of Lord Krishna on Krishna Janmashtami in New Delhi, India. (Christine Marrewa Karwoski)

Interview: Punk Music and Protest in China and Russia

Wu Hao, guitarist for Beijing-based indie-punk band SUBS, performs at the Zebra Music Festival in Chengdu, May 2009. (Josh Chin/Flickr)
Arts

Fascinating things happen, the Pussy Riot trial reminds us, when music is used to give the finger to a stagnant government — especially an authoritarian one.

Photo of the Day: Stacked Atop One Another in Taiwan

Staggered, colorful houses under an overcast sky in central Taiwan on May 21, 2012. (acdovier/Flickr)
Multimedia

Staggered, colorful houses under an overcast sky in central Taiwan on May 21, 2012. (acdovier/Flickr)