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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) applauds during a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Kim Jong Un a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork — or Perhaps the Sexiest Man Alive?

What's lost in translation can have serious consequences. Or it can just be a lot of fun. more
L to R: Sadia Yousaf, Batool Fatima, Sana Mir, Asmavia Iqbal and Qanita Jalil of the Pakistan Women's Cricket Team, featured in the new documentary "The Other Half of Tomorrow." (Andreas Burgess)

Interview: 'Other Half of Tomorrow' Filmmakers Turn Lens on Pakistan's Women

A candid new documentary captures how women are in the vanguard of social change in Pakistan. more

Sheng Keyi: Literature Supersedes Politics

Novelist discusses her representations of ordinary women and defends Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan. more

Sheng Keyi: A Voice for China's Women (Complete)

Novelist Sheng Keyi talks creativity and censorship with China File editor Susan Jakes. more
Detail from "Ferdowsi encounters the court poets of Ghazna," from the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp, ca. 1532, attributed to Aqa Mirak (Aga Khan Trust for Culture). Featured on the cover of "The World of Persian Literary Humanism" by Hamid Dabashi (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Interview: Hamid Dabashi Navigates 1400 Years of Persian Literary Tradition

Columbia University scholar discusses the theories of "literary humanism" advanced in his new book. more
L:  "Northern Girls" by Sheng Keyi (Penguin Group Australia, 2012). R: The author (Feng Tang).

Book Excerpt: 'Northern Girls' by Sheng Keyi

One of China's leading new novelists puts a human face on the phenomenon of mass migration. more

New Horizons in Global Education, with Jeffrey Sachs (Complete)

Jeffrey Sachs joins a panel on how education can prepare students for the challenges of an increasingly globalized 21st century. more

Obama Visit Will 'Boost' Reform in Myanmar

NEW YORK, November 15, 2012 — Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio says Beijing will closely monitor Barack Obama's Asia trip to get a sense of how much the U.S. hopes to increase its influence in the region. more

Peter Perdue: A 'Moral Tone' to Chinese Leadership Succession

Yale historian reflects on the tendency of nearly every Chinese leader to put his mark on the period of his rule. more

Peter Perdue: Continuity from Qing Dynasty to Today

Yale historian compares China's 18th Party Congress to the succession practices among the ruling Manchus during the Qing Dynasty. more