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France's Baccalauréat Sparks Debate on Chinese Education

L: French students at the Lavoisier high school in Paris on June 18, 2012. (Fred Dufour/AFP/GettyImages) / R: Chinese students after finishing the first day of the gaokao in Beijing on June 7, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
Education

Xu Jilin, a history professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai, posted questions from the French baccalauréat in an effort to cast an unflattering spotlight on China's own university entrance exam, the gaokao.

Web Reactions: In China, Local Citizens Baffled by Outsourced Officers

Lifestyle

Residents of Hefei, in eastern China, were recently surprised to see foreign chengguan (城管), or "urban management officers," on the streets of their city.

Photo of the Day: Poised to Proceed in Thailand

Multimedia

Young novice monks line up before starting their early morning procession to collect alms in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This photo was taken by Asia Blog reader Greg Knudsen in April 2012.

Gallery/Interview: Photographer Documents Rugged Lives of Kazakh Eagle Hunters

48-year-old Kazakh hunter Elik with his 6-year-old eagle. (Palani Mohan)
Multimedia

Palani Mohan's spectacular new black and white photos capture the lives, families and homes of nomadic eagle hunters in remote western Mongolia.

Photo of the Day: Waves of Blue in Bangladesh

Swirling waves make their way to the sandy shore of Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh on May 16, 2012. (BonBiral/Flickr)
Multimedia

Swirling waves make their way to the sandy shore of Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh on May 16, 2012. (BonBiral/Flickr)

TV Hybrid 'Hindustani' Brings Bollywood Core Values to Arab World

Actors Malayeen (L) and Bashir al-Ghonim (R) in 'Hindustani' (OSN).
Multimedia

For decades, the Arab world has been a big market for Bollywood cinema — and now Hindustani, a new Gulf serial, puts the core of Bollywood's appeal into an Arabic-speaking context.

Photo of the Day: Dance of the Drongos in India

Two drongo birds go head to head in Tamil Nadu, India on January 6, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
Multimedia

Two drongo birds go head to head in Tamil Nadu, India on January 6, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)

Dan Rather on His Intro to Asia: Shock Troops in India and Vietnam's 'Jungle Hell'

Dan Rather, war correspondent. (danrather.com)
Multimedia

In part two of our exclusive interview, the veteran journalist discusses his first assignments in Asia — wars in India and Vietnam in the mid-1960s, that he admits he was "ill-prepared" to cover.

Photo of the Day: Symmetrical Sages in India

Two venerable Hindu men almost seem to be mirror images of each other on the steps of a building in Varanasi, India on March 17, 2012. ([ changó ]/Flickr)
Multimedia

Two Hindu men almost seem to be mirror images of each other on the steps of a building in Varanasi, India on March 17, 2012. ([ changó ]/Flickr)

Video: Dueling Takes on 'Dama Dam Mast Qalandar' from Arieb Azhar and Arif Lohar

Arieb Azhar in concert in New York City on July 3, 2012.
Arts

Compare and contrast: Two of Pakistan's veteran performers offer their own takes on a Sufi standby.