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Education Secretary Highlights Asia Society Work

Minnijean Brown Trickey (left), one of the
Education

US Secretary of Education message for teachers: our nation's future prosperity depends on you.

Video: What Yoga Can Do for You

Lifestyle

The blogosphere is agog this week over a YouTube video documenting the traditional Indian form of gymnastics—make that extreme gymnastics—known as Mallakhamb.

Photo of the Day: A Culinary Masterpiece

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A chef displays two dragon-shaped dishes, made of 80 lobsters, during the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition at the World Trade Center in Taipei on August 27, 2010.

An Old Tradition Makes a Comeback in South Korea: Kiln Saunas

Lifestyle

The thought of sitting in a 200 degree Celsius (about 400 degrees Fahrenheit) clay kiln may seem like some form of torture to some. But to South Koreans, these clay kilns used to produced charcoal at night, are doubling as luxury spas by day.

New York Observer Interviews Asia Society's Melissa Chiu

Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu. (Tommy Kwak/Asia Society)
Arts Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu is the subject of a profile in this week's New York Observer.

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)
Lifestyle

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.