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Arvind Subramanian: Chinese Currency and American 'Conceit'

A bank clerk counts a stack of U.S and Chinese bills at a bank in Huaibei, in eastern China's Anhui province, on May 20, 2010. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

A new President of the United States is on his way to meet the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, who is a Chinese national, to ask him for money to salvage the American economony — possibly on the verge of collapse.

Not Your Father's Confucius

Visitors to the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, react to a sculpture of Confucius by artist Zhang Huan. (Rockbund Art Museum)
Arts

For the better part of two millennia, Confucius and his ideas of social harmony and responsibility have been venerated throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. As these countries confronted the challenges of modernity in the 20th century, however, people began to look critically at the legacy of the sage from Lu.

Aerotropolis: A Flight Plan for Asia's Urban Future

A jetliner takes off over the Beijing Capital International airport in Beijing. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

The sleek, modern airports that have popped up all over East Asia have become the envy of the world, causing even President Obama to mention them in his 2011 State of the Union speech. In their new book Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next, Greg Lindsay and John D. Kasarda argue that these airports are not only impressive for aesthetic and functional reasons, but also because they represent a glimpse into how our future cities will be organized.

Mohsin Din on Kids, Kashmir and 'Controlled Chaos'

Mohsin Din at the Asia Society New York on Oct. 17, 2011. (Noah McLaurine)
Arts

Teaching ten-year-olds in Kashmir film, photography and music via a series of workshops called the "Lollipops Crown Project" is an initiative led by American-Kashmiri artist and Fulbright scholar Mohsin Din to empower disadvantaged youth in the Muslim world through the arts.

Interview: Arvind Subramanian on a Dominant China

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) looks on as his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao answers a question during a press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2011. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Author of Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance suggests the era of Chinese economic leadership may already be upon us.

Metzl: U.S. Currency Bill Addresses 'Massively Undervalued' Yuan

Business

“We are harming you. But if you defend yourself, you're going to start a fight,” said Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl, referring to the proposal by the U.S. Senate aimed at punishing China for keeping the yuan undervalued. In an interview hosted by Matt Miller on the Bloomberg television program Fast Forward, Metzl debated the China currency bill with Dan Ikenson, associate director for trade policy at the Cato Institute.

Digital Devotion: Mobile App Updates Hindu Ritual Karva Chauth

Tanishq launches mobile application for Karva Chauth.
Lifestyle

In the annual north Indian festival of Karva Chauth, married Hindu and Sikh women don’t eat or drink from sunrise to moonrise in the hopes that their husbands will be blessed with longevity. While some local traditions differ, most women look at the moon through a sieve or a cloth before eating or drinking.

Now, though, if one company has its way, they can use their own phones instead of a sieve.

When the 'Asian Way' Can Be the Wrong Way

Mongolian President President Tsakhia Elbegdorj at Asia Society New York on Sept. 19, 2011. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
Policy

Originally published in the Bangkok Post, Oct. 11, 2011

East Asian countries are well-known for nationalist policies that coalesce around single ethnicities, or in the case of Singapore, recognition of diversity, but careful management of diversity in the name of a higher national calling.

Garden Court Café Makes '10 Best Museum Restaurants' List

(Gracious Thyme/Asia Society)
Lifestyle

Walking through museums to look at extraordinary art can be a tiring experience, and visitors always appreciate a place to rest and refuel.

Royal Wedding in the Happiest Country on Earth

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L), 31, looks at his bride during the purification marriage ceremony to Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, in the historical Punakha Dzong on October 13, 2011 in Punakha, Bhutan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Among Buddhist monks' chants in the beautiful Himalayan valley, the young King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married his fiancée, Jetsun Pema, in a traditional ceremony on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in the ancient capital city of Punakha. After the purification ceremony and prayers, King Jigme Khesar crowned Jetsun Pema his queen.