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Book Excerpt: 'The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi

L: The World of Persian Literary Humanism' by Hamid Dabashi (Harvard University Press, 2012). R: The author (Golbarg Bashi).
Arts

What does it mean to be human? Columbia University scholar Hamid Dabashi explores this age-old question through the creative subversions of Persian literary tradition.

Photo of the Day: Sunset Mist in Singapore

The mist gathers on the shores of Labrador Park Beach in Central Singapore, Singapore on June 21, 2012. (acdovier/Flickr)
Multimedia

The mist gathers on the shores of Labrador Park Beach in Central Singapore, Singapore on June 21, 2012. (acdovier/Flickr)

What the Web is Saying About SNL's Chinese 'Peasant Laborers'

L to R: Nasim Pedrad, Cecily Strong, and Fred Armisen in the Saturday Night Live skit
Lifestyle

A skit last weekend used fake Foxconn workers to mock melodramatic iPhone 5 criticisms — but not everyone was amused.

Asia Society India Centre Offers Rare Studio 'Rendezvous' with Artist Atul Dodiya

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Arts

Asia Society India Centre members will have a unique opportunity to meet acclaimed artist Atul Dodiya in his Mumbai studio on October 20.

Photo of the Day: A Reflection of Tranquility in Malaysia

A glimpse of a buddha statue in a temple in Penang, Malaysia on July 8, 2012. (Edmund Nigel Gall/Flickr)
Multimedia

A glimpse of a buddha statue in a temple in Penang, Malaysia on July 8, 2012. (Edmund Nigel Gall/Flickr)

What to Do With Manila?

Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines (Agustin Rafael Reyes/Flickr).
Lifestyle

Heritage conservation and cultural tourism are global trends — and the Philippines should not be left behind, writes Ivan Henares.

Photo of the Day: Best Seats in the House in Thailand

Waterlillies float on the banks as the sun sets in Chaiyaphum, Thailand on September 22, 2012. (norsez/Flickr)
Multimedia

Waterlillies float on the banks as the sun sets in Chaiyaphum, Thailand on September 22, 2012. (norsez/Flickr)

Photos: Remembering King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, 1922-2012

Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk (1922-2012), shown here in French-style military uniform in 1953. (Stringer/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Photos and commentary on the life of Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk (1922-2012), who died of a heart attack in Beijing earlier today.

Photo of the Day: Early Morning Catch in Vietnam

Bringing in the morning's fresh fish on the docks of Phu Yen in Vietnam on September 5, 2012. (Patrick Carpenter)
Multimedia

Bringing in the morning's fresh fish on the docks of Phu Yen in Vietnam on September 5, 2012. (Patrick Carpenter)

Video: Pakistani Band Noori Adapts Rock N' Roll to Transcend Cultural Barriers

Noori's Ali Hamza on stage at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan on May 26, 2008. (SMNomanBukhari/Flickr)
Multimedia

Noori's members Ali Noor, Ali Hamza and Gumby discuss how their personal musical influences have played a big role in their unique sound.