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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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By Alexandra A. Seno

Anggun is ready to Cross borders

"IN THE PAST, I pushed very hard to do rock music," says Indonesian singer Anggun C. Sasmi of her old, hard-edged style. "And I think I did too much rock. I don't want to be like Guns n' Roses. I want to have my own color of music." She didn't specify what hue, but it might just be green, as in "go," for a successful cross-cultural career. Anggun's move to Paris three years ago, after marrying her French manager Michel Georgea, put a temporary stop to performances back home, where she is a star. Now the 23-year-old is not only making up for lost time but also covering new ground. She has released a new album, Anggun, an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop and world music performed in French, English and Bahasa Indonesia. One of the songs, La Neige au Sahara (Snow on the Sahara), recently topped Billboard's World Hits chart in France and led radio play at home. The album has sold more than 110,000 copies in Indonesia and another 45,000-plus in Belgium and France. It will be available soon in Canada, the U.S. and Japan, and later perhaps in Vietnam and Cambodia. Looks like rainbow hues work well for the rocker-turned-chanteuse.

A Big Thing for the 'Small' Author

FORMER SCRIPTWRITER ARUNDHATI ROY MAY HAVE CALLED her novel The God of Small Things, but it has been nothing but big news. Now there's more: her cross-caste love story has been shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize, Britain's prestigious literary award. The 37-year-old Roy made headlines last year when international publishing houses waged a bidding war for the rights to her debut novel. HarperCollins won the bid, giving Roy, then a little known writer, an advance of $238,000. The book world spluttered in disbelief. But it doesn't seem too much now.

Vidal Sees Good Heads for Business

WHAT ARE A FEW MILLION SLICK COIFFURES WHEN YOU MIGHT be able to turn more than 1.2 billion heads? Styling pioneer though he is, Vidal Sassoon can't start a mane revolution all himself. But the maestro took a step forward by offering a few ideas to the hairdressers of Shanghai. Sassoon, 69, conducted a three-day seminar for stylists held in conjunction with a visit to launch his range of hair-care products. But Sassoon really had an easy time of it. After all, the one-time guru of the geometric cut was preaching to the converted -- the Shanghainese are renowned throughout China for their fashion-consciousness. The rest of the country, though, could be a tougher nut to crack. Perhaps on Sassoon's next visit, he could give members of the Politburo some tips on grease-free hairstyling.

This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home



U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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