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Celebrating Momofuku Ando, Godfather of Instant Ramen

The Google Doodle on March 5, 2015 paid tribute to the late Momofuku Ando. (Google)
Food & RecipesMultimedia

Today, Google commemorated the 105th birthday of the late Momofuku Ando, the inventor of ramen instant noodles, with a new Google Doodle. Here’s a look back at three ramen-focused Asia Society programs and features.

Interview: Pakistani Performer Uncovers Comedy in Taboos, Cultural Crossover

Nadia Parvez. (Leslie Van Stelten)
ArtsCurrent AffairsLifestyle

The creator of a riotous one-woman play about Pakistanis navigating their way through Western society acknowledges her success but adds, "My story is just one — more stories are needed."

Interview: Pakistan's First Woman Cartoonist Shapes Young Minds, and Society

Shown here in her Islamabad office, Nigar Nazar is Pakistan's first professional female cartoonist, known to generations of readers as the creator of the iconic character

"Cartoons can have a huge impact," says Pakistan's first professional woman cartoonist, who was just named one of the "100 Women of 2014" by the BBC.

Interview: Lahore's Last 'Lollywood' Poster Artist Looks Back on a 50-Year-Career

Lollywood poster artist Sarfraz Iqbal in his Lahore studio in September 2014. (Saad Sarfraz Sheikh)

Pakistan's national film industry may have gone into decline, but painter Sarfraz Iqbal is still a consummate, busy professional.

Photos: Even Fielding Only Three Teams, Asia Catches World Cup Fever

An elephant plays with students during a friendly match in honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at an elephant camp in Ayutthaya province, Thailand on June 9, 2014. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsMultimedia

Few Asian countries have a national team to root for, but the 2014 World Cup has become the source of festivities across the continent.

Are American Palates Turning Japanese?

Customers studying a menu at a Japanese restaurant. (christophe HUE/flickr)

In New York City, culinary crazes come and go every season, but the (re)discovery of Japan seems here to stay — and "The Ramen Burger Effect" takes hold at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, December 18.

Interview: What it Was Like to Travel to Iran With Andy Warhol in 1976

Andy Warhol in Iran in Isfahan, Iran, in 1976. (Bob Colacello)

"I have to tell you, Andy liked to stay in his hotel room and call New York, order room service," said Bob Colacello.

Interview: Globe-Trotting Musician Alex Zhang Hungtai on 'Living Life' for His Art

Alex Zhang Hungtai, also known as Dirty Beaches, onstage at Animal Social Club in Rome, Italy on October 19, 2011. (Flavia/Flickr)

The Taipei-born, Berlin-based Dirty Beaches frontman chats about making music in Beijing, his love of Wong Kar Wai movies and his own forays into filmmaking.

From NES to Wii U: A Nostalgic Look Back at 30 Years of Nintendo [Photos/Video]


The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) turns 30 today! Nintendo revolutionized the video game industry in 1983 and has since raised its global profile to become among Japan's most valuable companies.

Photos: I Sing of... Singh Street Style, a Fashion Blog for the Chic Sikh


Founder Pardeep Singh Bahra talks about Singh Street Style, a blog featuring stylish men who just happen to be wearing turbans.