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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.

Yangzom Brauen: 'Across Many Mountains' to Speak for Tibet

Yangzom Brauen, author of <i>Across Many Mountains</i>.
Policy

Yangzom Brauen's new family memoir Across Many Mountains tells the harrowing yet ultimately inspirational story of her grandmother and mother's life in Tibet and their subsequent escape and exile after the Tibetan independence movement was suppressed by Chairman Mao's Red Army.

Crowdsourcing to Save a South Asian Tech Entrepreneur's Life

Amit Gupta, co-founder Photojojo and Jelly. (Amit Gupta)
Lifestyle

Social media is great. Not only can you harness its power to start revolutions and circulate videos of furry animals doing cute things — you can help save someone's life. About three weeks ago, San Francisco-based Photojojo and Jelly co-founder Amit Gupta was diagnosed with acute leukemia. The 32-year-old entrepreneur is currently undergoing treatment, and the next step for him is a bone-marrow transplant.

Interview: Maggie Lemere and Zoe West on a 'Human Connection' to Burma

<i>Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime</i>, edited by Maggie Lemere and Zoe West.
Arts

Maggie Lemere and Zoe West, editors of 'Nowhere To Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime,' discuss their book and the current situation in Burma.

Asia Mourns Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

This tribute to the late Steve Jobs by 19-year-old Hong Kong design student Jonathan Mak became an Internet hit on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 as word of the Apple co-founder's death reached around the world.
Lifestyle

News of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs's death spread quickly through South and East Asia Thursday morning, prompting people across the continent to express their mourning in a variety of ways.