From Thailand to Pakistan, 21 countries are sending athletes to compete in sports traditionally dominated by North America and Europe. Here are some of the most noteworthy.
Tourists search for shells on the untouched Ngwe Saung Beach in Yangon, Burma on January 26, 2014. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's first-ever presidential debate was televised by Tolo News, which is headed by two executives with Asia Society ties.
A cook prepares a large feast in giant pots billowing with steam in Tiruvannamalai, India on November 22, 2013. (Vinoth Chandar/Flickr)
Experience the sights and sounds of Bishan, a rural village in China's Anhui province, on January 30, the eve of the Year of the Horse.
Meet Kam Mak, the artist behind the colorful U.S.P.S. stamp series, "Celebrating Lunar New Year," as he talks to us about what the holiday means to him and what inspires him in his designs.
Chinese Filipinos pray at the Seng Guan Temple in the Chinese district of Binondo in Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2014. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
A new book on Confucianism and modern governance aims to rediscover the "non-hierarchical, non-authoritarian spirit of Confucius" for the 21st century.
The scores of Chinese who made the long trek back to their hometown for Spring Festival faced crowded train stations and long, arduous rides to ring in the new year with loved ones.
A Nepalese Hindu devotee reaches to fill her pot with water as part of the month-long Swasthani festival on January 30, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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