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Photo of the Day: Bathing for the Guinness Record in China

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14,345 people attempted to set a new Guinness World Record as they gathered for a bath at a hot spring in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on October 30, 2011. The former world record was 10,121 people having a hot spring bath at the same time in China's Hubei province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Does it Matter if Jon Huntsman is 'Fluent' in Mandarin Chinese?

Jon Huntsman (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Policy

Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China — and current Republican candidate for president — is at the center of a discussion that reveals our assumptions about language perhaps better than any other: the idea of “fluency.”

The Cricket Verdicts: Pakistan, and the World, React

Former Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt (L), Mohammad Asif (C), and Mohammad Aamer (R) have been found guilty of match-fixing. (Carl Court /AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

It's a scandal that has damaged the reputation of Pakistani cricket and rocked the international sport. In a London courtroom yesterday, former captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted for corruption after being found guilty of plotting to cheat and take bribes to fix a match against England last summer.

Google Reader Redesign Unpopular in China

(Mike Licht/Flickr)
Lifestyle

Earlier this week Google unveiled the newest version of Google Reader, its long-neglected RSS service. Though most of the changes are cosmetic — Google has embraced a gray, minimalist aesthetic of late — the removal of Reader's social functions has led to a fair amount of grumbling among the service's users.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom on Yu Hua's 'China in Ten Words'

Yu Hua (Courtesy of Fabrica)
Arts

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the latest work by Chinese author Yu Hua, who participates in Asia Society New York's Chindia Dialogues this week.

In Concert: Gingger Shankar, Dave Liang to Redefine Musical Mashup at Asia Society

Gingger Shankar (L) and Dave Liang (R), appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 4, 2011. (Courtesy artists' websites)
Arts

If you thought blending Chinese classical instrumental music with hip-hop and electronica was a rare treat, imagine combining that fusion with a blend of Indian classical and contemporary Western music.

That's exactly the idea behind Dave Liang and The Shanghai Restoration Project's appearance with Gingger Shankar this Friday, November 4 at Asia Society in New York.

Podcast: Another Pakistan, the Two-Hour Version

Pakistani students wave national flags at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on August 14, 2011, to mark the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)
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Here’s the short form, as we say: Nearly a month of strong conversation in Pakistan this past summer, distilled to two radio hours.

The first hour explores the living history and dynamic present of The Country That Could Kill the World:

Photo of the Day: Sufis and Soothsayers in Pakistan

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Religious devotees dance in a state of trance at the shrine of Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the ancient city of Sehwan Sharif, Sindh Pakistan in July 2011. (Madiha Aijaz)

Evan Osnos on 'Coal + Ice' (Plus More Stunning Photos)

YU HAIBO, Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China, 2007
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Earlier today, Evan Osnos, the Beijing-based staff writer for The New Yorker (and the 2007 winner of the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia), wrote a blog post about the exhibit (and his fears for the health of anyone breathing Beijing's perpetually "hazardous" air).

Top Tweets about Ai Weiwei's Tax Bill

Arts

China has ordered dissident artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in back taxes and fines within 15 days, Ai announced today. In typical fashion, the outspoken artist — who was detained for nearly three months earlier ths year — took to Twitter to express his discontent. So did several others: