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Video: America's 'Wake-Up Call'

A recent study ranks US schools systems 26th in the world, below those of Asian nations.
Education

When Americans learned earlier this week that their schooling system lagged significantly behind those in Asian countries like China, Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong, President Obama rightly labeled the event as another "Sputnik" moment.

Photo of the Day: In India, Releasing 'Computer-Related Stress'

Multimedia

An elderly man exercises in a park on the outskirts of New Delhi on December 8, 2010.

Vishakha Desai: 'The US Must Learn from Asia'

Hong Kong schoolgirls attend a job fair for graduating students. Hong Kong's school system ranked second in the new PISA survey. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

The rise of education in Asia is no accident, Asia Society President explains.

Are Stereotypes in the Media Funny or Just Distasteful?

<i>Outsourced</i>, on NBC. (NBC.com)
Lifestyle

When it comes to stereotypes, are we more politically correct for some communities and less for others? What's funny and what's just inappropriate? 

Photo of the Day: The Universal Predicament

Multimedia

A boy yawns next to his mother while attending prayers at the Jami al-Hidayah mosque in Jakarta as they arrive for prayers to mark the holiday of the Islamic New Year on December 7, 2010.

The Melt: How Melting Glaciers Threaten Asia

<i>The Melt</i> tracks the receding Himalayan glaciers. Red lines indicate the levels of ice in 1921, compared to today. (Asia Society Center on US-China Relations)
Policy

The Himalayan glaciers are melting, putting people, ecology, and landscapes in peril.  

Photo of the Day

Multimedia

People visit the Shwedagon Paya on December 05, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar.

Temporary Marriages in Islam: Fringe Practice or Accepted Custom?

Lifestyle

Islamic law allows for "temporary marriages," but are they good for women? 

Prospects Dim for Iran Nuclear Talks

A member of the Iranian opposition wearing a mask reading
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio offers a way to gain traction on engagement with Iran.

Charles Armstrong on China and the 'Spoiled Child'

Policy

A key revelation to emerge from last week's WikiLeaks dump of US diplomatic cables is that China's attitude towards North Korea is far more nuanced and unpredictable than its official stance suggests.