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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
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From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
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From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
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NOVEMBER 19, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 46

Chow's Unforgettably Sexy Style

Hong Kong hearttthrob hits big in heartland

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A presidential candidate gets amBushed
Wily Fox Gets a Headstart

Wake-up Time
Once politically dormant, Asian Americans have heard an alarm go off

Introducing the Japanese curry, pizza and hot dog

A journal to whet Asia's appetite for good writing
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Asian writers on the future of literature in the region

Chow Yun-fat's Unforgettably Sexy Style

The Philippines' "Mr. Clean" sweeps up

People: Gus Dur Gives Comics Relief
Indonesian satirists get a break from their new chief (11/12/99)

People: She's Keeping the Baby
Jackie Chan's controversial new role (10/29/99)

People: Glamor Girl in Trouble
An Anwar accuser falls on hard times (10/22/99)

People: The Art of Raising Hard Cash
Prince Jufri's distress sale of the century (10/15/99)

People: Singlished Out
A Singapore sitcom star may have to clean up his act (10/08/99)

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Not that anyone needed to be told, but it's official - Chow Yun-fat is sexy. The 44-year-old Hong Kong actor is the most desirable action star around, according to People magazine's annual roundup of the sexiest men in show business. Of the three Hollywood movies that Chow made, only the upcoming Anna and the King fails to fit the genre. Which just goes to show, declares Hong Kong's Apple Daily, the star has made an indelible impression with his "heroic" image. Certainly, Chow's role as a gangster named Mark in the John Woo classic, A Better Tomorrow, had redefined gangster cool and set off a fad for trenchcoats in Hong Kong. Now that's what some would call making a mark.  

A presidential candidate gets amBushed
Quiz-show contestants often experience sudden memory loss when put under the spotlight, and U.S. presidential hopeful George W. Bush now knows exactly how they feel. Asked to name the Prime Minister of India during a live TV interview recently, the Governor of Texas drew a blank. He did little better with Pakistan's new leader - unless "general" can be considered a correct answer - but did manage Lee for the President of Taiwan. Whether this says more about the status of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and General Pervez Musharraf or the quality of candidates hoping to be most powerful man in the world is debatable. Being able to identify Asian leaders is not in the job description, but one out of three is a pretty poor record. Campaign staff began immediate damage control, declaring the questions tough and unfair since the average man on the street would probably have fared no better. Still, you would expect more from a wannabe president. Odd that people need to pass a test to drive a car, when no such requirement exists to run a country.  

Wily Fox Gets a Headstart
C3PO and R2D2 were guests of honor, along with 4,000 VIPs and movie celebrities. The occasion, of course, was the opening of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney. The hosts, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his family (wife Wendi Deng, son Lachlan and daughter-in-law Sarah O'Hare) made sure there was plenty to keep up the high spirits. Guests drained some 10,000 bottles of wine and bubbly before the night was over. The $300 million Fox complex is part film studio and part entertainment park. Eight key attractions alone, including an "interactive" experience from Titanic, are expected to draw 1.5 million people annually. With the Fox center opening just a week after Hong Kong announced its deal to build a Disneyland by 2005, would it be rude to whisper "missed" and "boat"?

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