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This Week in Asiaweek

Cover Story
Reflections on the year
Newsmakers

The Year in Review
IMAGES '98
The year in pictures

Headliners
Catching the eye
Deaths
A final bow
Personalities
Making their mark
Comments
Quotes from our pages
Trends
What's hot
Innovations
Objects of desire
Movies
Asia's Screen test
Highs of the Year
Moments to savor
Lows of the Year
Things to forget
Books
What we're reading
Sign-off
Optimism for the future


The man in the photograph is reacting to yet another plunge on the Hong Kong stock exchange. His speechless dread also poignantly recalls a yea r that unleashed on Asia one disaster after another - from the big-picture economic and political crises to those of a more individual and personal nature, like losing a job, fortune or loved one. The Crisis toppled titans, smashed the status quo, uproote d the underclass. Even Mother Nature misbehaved - with plenty of help from humankind. Small wonder that for many people, 1998 was a year to forget, like a bad dream. Still, for those who believe in silver linings, the past 12 months were also a crash cour se in reality, an experience from which to grow and prosper. As the year came to an end, there were signs of recovery from Seoul to Bangkok. But there was understandable reluctance to believe the good news. Predictions of a rebound seemed premature, wishf ul even. The numbers didn't add up. In Hong Kong, for example, the stock market soared even as the fundamentals sank. The man in the picture may have smiled again - fleetingly.

Photograph by David Paul Morris

IMAGES '98:
SHOCK

Reformasi
Reformasi Redux
Disaster
Outbreak
Crime
Performance
Games
Celebration
Moments

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