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Photo of the Day: The Hungry Ghost Festival

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Ethnic Chinese pray in front of a giant paper-made statue of Chinese deity know as 'Da Shi Ye' or Guardian God of Ghosts during the festive event of the Hungry Ghost in Malaysia's northern town of Bukit Mertajam on August 25, 2010. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

'Character Amnesia' a Growing Problem in China and Japan

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Education Anyone struggling to learn how to write Chinese or Japanese characters now have an excuse to be a little less hard on themselves. Why? Apparently, Chinese and Japanese youth forget how to write characters too!

Asia Society's John Delury Speaks to Kim Jong-il's Surprise Visit to China

A TV grab from CCTV taken on May 7, 2010 shows Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il in Beijing on May 7. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is visiting China today with his son, who is also Kim's suspected heir, South Korean officials said.

Japanese Sumo Wrestlers Given iPads

Sumo champ Asashoryu defeats Kisenosato with an under-arm throw or 'shitatenage' to win the 2008 Grand Sumo Tournament in Los Angeles on June 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Japanese sumo wrestlers get an unlikely gadget to help their pudgy fingers dial some digits.

Pakistan's Growing Pains

Villagers, displaced from their homes by flooding, hold empty containers as they queue for soup and relief rations on August 25, 2010 in the Sultan Colony Army flood relief camp near Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Policy Pakistan's problems are not just limited to flood relief at the moment.

Photo of the Day: An Afghan School Poisoned

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An Afghan man closes the main door to the Totya Girls' School following the suspected poisoning of its students in Kabul on August 25, 2010.

Hopes for Afghan Election Reform

A poster urging Afghans to vote in upcoming elections is stuck to a wall in Kandahar province's Arghandab Valley on August 11, 2010. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy With Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections, the government will be watched closely for signs of reform.

Outrage Over Manila Bus Massacre

Philippine policemen take cover as they start their assault on the tourist bus full of Hong Kong tourists after an ex-policeman hijacked the bus in Manila on August 23, 2010. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Disgruntled ex-police inspector hijacked tourist bus in Manila, leaving eight (including himself) dead.

'Mad' About the Asia Society

Rockefeller Collection devotee? Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell on this week's <i>Mad Men</i>.
Lifestyle Hit AMC show Mad Men name drops the Asia Society on Sunday night.

Photo of the Day: Sri Lankan Fire Dancers

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Sri Lankan firedancers perform outside the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy on August 24, 2010.