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Photo of the Day: Playing Peekaboo in Tokyo

 A cat peeks out from behind some stone steps in Tokyo on July 8, 2012. (pouchin/Flickr)
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 A cat peeks out from behind some stone steps in Tokyo on July 8, 2012. (pouchin/Flickr)

Interview: Yung Chang Steps Into the Ring with Documentary 'China Heavyweight'

Qi Moxiang (L) vs. Akihiro Matsumoto of Japan (R) at the Vacant WBC Asia Super Bantamweight Championship on June 28, 2011. Their bout is featured in 'China Heavyweight.' (EyeSteelFilm)
Lifestyle

The director explains why the boxing school in his film is a microcosm of contemporary China, and shares a story of Mike Tyson's identification with Chairman Mao.

Photo of the Day: A Full Moon for Ramadan in India

A full moon like this is just what millions around the world need to start their fast. Photographed on March 8, 2012 in India. (Aniket Thakur/Flickr)

A full moon like this is just what millions around the world need to start their fast. Photographed on March 8, 2012 in Pune, India. (Aniket Thakur/Flickr)

France's Baccalauréat Sparks Debate on Chinese Education

L: French students at the Lavoisier high school in Paris on June 18, 2012. (Fred Dufour/AFP/GettyImages) / R: Chinese students after finishing the first day of the gaokao in Beijing on June 7, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
Education

Xu Jilin, a history professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai, posted questions from the French baccalauréat in an effort to cast an unflattering spotlight on China's own university entrance exam, the gaokao.

Web Reactions: In China, Local Citizens Baffled by Outsourced Officers

Lifestyle

Residents of Hefei, in eastern China, were recently surprised to see foreign chengguan (城管), or "urban management officers," on the streets of their city.

Photo of the Day: Poised to Proceed in Thailand

Multimedia

Young novice monks line up before starting their early morning procession to collect alms in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This photo was taken by Asia Blog reader Greg Knudsen in April 2012.

Gallery/Interview: Photographer Documents Rugged Lives of Kazakh Eagle Hunters

48-year-old Kazakh hunter Elik with his 6-year-old eagle. (Palani Mohan)
Multimedia

Palani Mohan's spectacular new black and white photos capture the lives, families and homes of nomadic eagle hunters in remote western Mongolia.

Photo of the Day: Waves of Blue in Bangladesh

Swirling waves make their way to the sandy shore of Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh on May 16, 2012. (BonBiral/Flickr)
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Swirling waves make their way to the sandy shore of Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh on May 16, 2012. (BonBiral/Flickr)

TV Hybrid 'Hindustani' Brings Bollywood Core Values to Arab World

Actors Malayeen (L) and Bashir al-Ghonim (R) in 'Hindustani' (OSN).
Multimedia

For decades, the Arab world has been a big market for Bollywood cinema — and now Hindustani, a new Gulf serial, puts the core of Bollywood's appeal into an Arabic-speaking context.

Photo of the Day: Dance of the Drongos in India

Two drongo birds go head to head in Tamil Nadu, India on January 6, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
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Two drongo birds go head to head in Tamil Nadu, India on January 6, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)