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In 2013, Washington's Asian 'Rebalance' Needs to Start at Home

U.S. President Barack Obama poses for the ASEAN-United States Leaders' Meeting family photo at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (State Department/William Ng/Flickr)
Policy

U.S. leaders must educate the public about the assumptions on which they are already working — that engagement in Asia is both crucial and irreversible, writes Asia Society's Matt Stumpf.

Photos: Japanese Photographer Captures Year-Round Beauty in 'Four Seasons' Project

A winter shot of the Tadami bridge, part of Hideyuki Katagiri's
Multimedia

Hideyuki Katagiri photographs a mountainous area in rural Japan year-round for his "Four Seasons of Oku Aizu" project.

Photo of the Day: Greetings from Sri Lanka

A man waves to the camera at the market in Kandy, Sri Lanka on September 1, 2012. (Carbajo.Sergio/Flickr)
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A man waves to the camera at the market in Kandy, Sri Lanka on September 1, 2012. (Carbajo.Sergio/Flickr)

Poll: Who Was Asia's Person of the Year in 2012?

Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) and legislator Aung San Suu Kyi (R) speaking at Asia Society events in 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi was last year's winner of our reader poll for Asia's Person of the Year — will her countryman take her spot this year? (Kenji Takigami/Joshua Roberts)

Asia Blog has compiled a list of 12 of the most newsworthy figures of 2012. It's your turn to vote on who you think had the most impact.

Flourishing Shadow Banking Poses Risks to China and India's Stability

Regulators fear that the amount of money put in private banking in China is creating systemic risks. (omefrans/Flickr)
Business

Asia Society Associate Fellow Sheridan Prasso explains how off-the-books private lending is creating systemic risks in these two growing economies.

13 Predictions for Asia in 2013

North Korean performers sit beneath a screen showing images of leader Kim Jong-Un at a theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 16, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski offers his predictions on Asia for the year to come — but he'd "be surprised if any of them came true."

Photo of the Day: An Act of Devotion in the Philippines

A buddhist monk takes a moment to pray in a monastery in Manila, the Philippines on November 18, 2012. (Andy*Enero/Flickr)
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A buddhist monk takes a moment to pray in a monastery in Manila, the Philippines on November 18, 2012. (Andy*Enero/Flickr)

South Korea's New President May Be Female, But She is No Women's Rights Crusader

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye waves to supporters as she arrives to deliver a victory speech on a stage in the centre of Seoul on December 19, 2012. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

As Park Geun-hye becomes the latest Asian female head of state, Vishakha Desai wonders what, if anything, this means for women's issues in the region.

Karachi's 'Lost Jews,' Onstage, Raise Troubling Parallels With Today's Pakistan

Jewish community of Karachi, Pakistan, outside the Karachi synagogue, early in the 20th century. (imgur.com)
Lifestyle

As a student play evokes Pakistan's long-departed Jewish community, it's time to ask whether persecution will force other religious minorities to go the way of the country's Jews.

Wasserstrom: The Five New China Books I'm Most Excited About in 2013

Two of the books Jeffrey Wasserstrom is anticipating in 2013:
Policy

Get a jump on your reading as China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom lists the five forthcoming books on China he most looks forward to in 2013.