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Photo of the Day: Celebrating Eid in Nepal

Multimedia

A Nepalese Muslim performs Eid al-Adha morning prayers at the Kashmiri Mosque in Kathmandu on November 7, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

'Eve-teasing' Murders Spark Public Outrage in India, Social Media

Lifestyle

The deaths of two young boys who were murdered after defending their female friends, has sparked outrage in India and over the Internet. (Photo circulating through Social Media)

Amitav Ghosh: Oil, Opium and the Religion of Free Trade

Jonathan Spence (L) and Amitav Ghosh (R) at Asia Society New York on Nov. 3, 2011. (Suzanna Finlay)
Arts

UPDATE: Jay Corcoran filmed some behind the scenes interviews with Amitav Ghosh, Jonathan Spence and members of the audience. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch.)

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The relevance of past to present took center stage at Asia Society last night, when historical novelist Amitav Ghosh drew a provocative parallel between the Opium Wars of the 1830s and the present day.

Photo of the Day: Lake Healing in Avarga Toson, Mongolia

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Mineral water lake in Avarga Toson, about 200 kilometers south of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia in the Summer 2008. The water and mud from this region are used for treating various illnesses. (Khulan Davaadorj, Asia Society Member)

Interactive Storytelling: Measuring Happiness in Balloons

American artist Jonathan Harris explores Bhutan's philosophy of 'Gross National Happiness' in an interactive website. (Screenshot)
Multimedia

In Bhutan, people measure quality of life not based on money, but on happiness. So artist Jonathan Harris asked 117 people, 'What makes you happy?' His interactive photo collection is now online.

Asia Society-Supported Group Kampung Halaman Receives White House Award

Photo by Steven Purcell
Arts

Kampung Halaman, an Indonesian non-profit organization that fosters the use of audiovisual media in community- and youth-centered projects, received an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in Washington, DC yesterday. Asia Society, in partnership with the Asian Cultural Council, was instrumental in bringing the group to U.S. government officials' attention.

Photo of the Day: Bathing for the Guinness Record in China

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14,345 people attempted to set a new Guinness World Record as they gathered for a bath at a hot spring in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on October 30, 2011. The former world record was 10,121 people having a hot spring bath at the same time in China's Hubei province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Does it Matter if Jon Huntsman is 'Fluent' in Mandarin Chinese?

Jon Huntsman (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Policy

Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China — and current Republican candidate for president — is at the center of a discussion that reveals our assumptions about language perhaps better than any other: the idea of “fluency.”

The Cricket Verdicts: Pakistan, and the World, React

Former Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt (L), Mohammad Asif (C), and Mohammad Aamer (R) have been found guilty of match-fixing. (Carl Court /AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

It's a scandal that has damaged the reputation of Pakistani cricket and rocked the international sport. In a London courtroom yesterday, former captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted for corruption after being found guilty of plotting to cheat and take bribes to fix a match against England last summer.

Google Reader Redesign Unpopular in China

(Mike Licht/Flickr)
Lifestyle

Earlier this week Google unveiled the newest version of Google Reader, its long-neglected RSS service. Though most of the changes are cosmetic — Google has embraced a gray, minimalist aesthetic of late — the removal of Reader's social functions has led to a fair amount of grumbling among the service's users.