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US tries to balance values, economies in Asia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Obama administration now has a taste of the difficult diplomacy necessary to sharpen the focus of American power on Asia, seeking investment opportunities alongside reforms from rights-abusing governments and working with China while defending U.S. interests. From democratic Mongolia to once-hostile Vietnam and long-isolated …

White Rice, Long A Staple, Losing Popularity

White rice evokes powerful childhood memories for Andrew Chun. Now a freshman at Yale, Chun is still nostalgic for its presence at family dinners during his trips home. But in the last two years, the fundamental dish has been replaced. “My mom started giving me this purple bean rice,” said …