Mongolia is the Ultimate Escape from Civilization

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Mongolia is the Ultimate Escape from Civilization

Mongolia is three times the size of France and has only one major city, its capital Ulaanbaatar, where the majority of Mongolians reside. Roughly a third of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic and practice a way of life that is so very different in rhythm and culture than ours. The country is emptier than the mind can imagine, an incredible landscape of windswept desert dunes, towering pines, snow-capped mountains, flowing rivers and incredible expanses of valleys and steppes.

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Vietnam—Poised to Become the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia

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Vietnam—Poised to Become the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia

Vietnam is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for tourists searching for exotic experiences and beautiful white sandy beaches. However, the country's assets extend far beyond nature. A commitment to high quality education and excellent student achievement, a welcoming and supportive environment for entrepreneurs and a government invested in improving the socio-economic standing of its citizens make Vietnam the perfect center for the region's burgeoning tech industry. 

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 Improving Student Achievement: What US Educators Can Learn from Asia

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Improving Student Achievement: What US Educators Can Learn from Asia

Undoubtedly, low student achievement is the most pressing concern among American educators and policymakers, particularly the gap in achievement between disadvantaged students and the rest of the student body. A recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that 12% of 15-year old students in the U.S. are performing below basic proficiency in the core subjects.

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Escape the Cold and Head to Exquisite Southeast Asia

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Escape the Cold and Head to Exquisite Southeast Asia

Escape the Cold and Head to Exquisite Southeast Asia
Had enough of the Arctic Chill?? A perfect place to thaw out is Southeast Asia. The region is known for its impressive beaches which draw millions of tourists from around the world. But more than that, the region is rich with history, a vibrant cultural life, friendly residents and amazingly creative places to stay. Here are a couple of my favorite places.

 

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The 2016 Asia Spa Awards Ceremony Draws Hundreds

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The 2016 Asia Spa Awards Ceremony Draws Hundreds

There are many reasons to visit Asia, among them to enjoy an exceptional and relaxing spa experience. Last month, Hong Kong hosted the 12th annual Asia Spa Awards. 400 industry leaders and guests attended one of the most anticipated events of the year. Themed “Eternal Beauty,” the evening was set aside to recognize and honor the resorts, hotels, spas, and retreats that raise the bar for innovation and excellence in the leisure sector.

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Varsha Rao Recommends the Gymkhana Restaurant in London

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Varsha Rao Recommends the Gymkhana Restaurant in London

The Gymkhana restaurant was opened in 2013 by the three British-Indian siblings Karam, Sunaina and Jyotin Sethi. Karam, the middle brother, created the concept and menu, Jyotin, the eldest, is in charge of accounting, and Suniana, the youngest of the three, is the restaurant's sommelier. 

Gymkhana has received a Micheline star for its classic and contemporary Indian cuisine and raving reviews from leading restaurant critics. The menu features excellent tandoori dishes like Achari roe deer chops in pickling spices, clove smoke and mustard mooli, and Gilafi buffalo seekh kebab garnished with coriander and black salt chutney. It also has an impressive wine list with special wines from all corners of the world. 

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Asia Resorts Top the 2016 Responsible Travel Awards List

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Asia Resorts Top the 2016 Responsible Travel Awards List

Asia Shines as a Destination for Ethical Tourism

The concept of social responsibility is mainstream and embedded into the collective consciousness. This is especially true for today’s millennial generation, but the awareness is not limited to this group. Before we decide to purchase a certain product or service, many of us will first want to know about its environmental impact, whether child labor was involved, if the provider exercises any corporate social responsibility, etc. We turn to social media or review sites to learn about the 'background' behind companies, drugs and consumer products.

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Asia Foundation Fellows: Change Agents for Social and Economic Justice

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Asia Foundation Fellows: Change Agents for Social and Economic Justice

60% of the world’s young people—750 million under the age of 25, live in the Asia-Pacific region. This is also where two-thirds of the world’s poor are concentrated. How can young people from impoverished Asian communities acquire the skills and education they need to become future leaders in an increasingly global world? How do they become a part of the prosperity that the Asia-Pacific region is enjoying today?

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Asia Has Become a Top Tourism Investment Destination

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Asia Has Become a Top Tourism Investment Destination

Asia’s hot tourism market is not only translating into increasing crowds of domestic and international travelers, it is also attracting healthy amounts of investment dollars. New airport construction and an increase in the number of low-cost airlines have made travel easy and affordable. As a result, more Asians are touring their own continent. The boost in internal tourism is good news for international tourists too, as many Asian cities are improving their facilities and services, and resorts are offering attractive package deals and using the most technologically-advanced guest service programs on the market.

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Dining on Asian Cuisine - A Culinary Journey through Time

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Dining on Asian Cuisine - A Culinary Journey through Time

Asian Food - An Artful Blend of Tradition and Modernit

Nothing about Asia is monolithic, especially not its food. A continent that covers thousands of miles from the Middle East, through India to Japan is home to many unique and independent cultures. Asian food is a reflection of the continent’s eternal commitment to its deep traditions and palate preferences, which have evolved over the centuries.

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