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Vishakha Desai on Middle Class Growth in China & India

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai

This morning's episode of The Takeaway featured Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai, who commented on the booming middle class populations in China and India. What are the implications for the two countries' growth, and will it strengthen calls for democracy in China?

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Author Yiyun Li Named 2010 MacArthur Fellow

Author Yiyun Li at Asia Society New York on February 17, 2009.
Arts Chinese fiction writer Yiyun Li on having been named one of 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2010.

India and Pakistan in Diplomatic Spat... Again

A cricket fan passes Pakistani and Indian flags in Lahore, Pakistan. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Policy

India's Minister of External Affairs Shri S.M. Krishna visited Asia Society today to talk about India's strategic challenges and its future.

This Post Will Probably Give You Hope to Excel in Math

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Education Salman Khan (the educator, not actor) has been tapping into the anxieties of millions across the globe by devoting his time to teach math and science on the Internet.

Photo of the Day: An 'Aww-shucks' Moment from China

Four-year-old male chimpanzee Yangyang (R) holds the hand of six-year-old female chimpanzee Wan Xing as they get married at a zoo in Hefei, in east China's Anhui province.
Lifestyle

Four-year-old male chimpanzee Yangyang (R) holds the hand of six-year-old female chimpanzee Wan Xing as they get married at a zoo in Hefei, in east China's Anhui province

Going Out in Style

In Malaysia, luxury funeral services are in demand. (NTDTV)
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Hidden Benefits in Delayed Indonesia Trip

In December 2009, a statue depicting President Obama was erected in a Jakarta public park. It has since been removed. (<a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefangeens/5001575300/sizes/l/' target='_blank'>Stefan Geens</a>/flickr)
Policy Three postponements have created an opportunity for genuine substance.

Kim Jong-il Promotes Son to General

South Korean police watch a conservative activists standing behind a North Korean flag with pictures of the North's late president Kim Il-Sung (L), his son and current leader Kim Jong-Il (C) and grandson Kim Jong-Un (R), during an anti-Pyongyang rally in Seoul on July 8, 2009. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Kim Jong-il promoted his son to the rank of general or "dae-jang," according to the official North Korean news agency KCNA.

Photo of the Day: Vroom-Vroom in Singapore

McLaren-Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain powers his car during the third practice session of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010.
Lifestyle

McLaren-Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain powers his car during the third practice session of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010.

A Midday Meal for India's Primary Schools

Indian schoolchildren eat food served as part of The 'Midday Meal' scheme at a Government Primary School in Hyderabad on June 23, 2010. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)
Education The Indian government has come up with a genius idea to keep children off the streets and in school, and perhaps most remarkably, improved socialization among children from all castes, by providing just one hot meal during school hours.