It was the kind of news no mother wants to hear, not after staking her family's future on the education of her only child. Li Hao's 18-year-old son had failed one half of this year's college-entrance examination, so his chances of getting into a top university--and, thus, of landing a good job--were all but gone.
The performer known as Lifto has a problem. A longtime member of the Jim Rose Circus, he can already lift incredible amounts of weight with his penis. But he wants to take his act to the next level: bungee jumping with a cord tied to his, uh, nethers. "He had a detachment issue," says circus boss Jim Rose, "and he needs extra strength." Genetic manipulation may offer Lifto and other circus freaks their greatest hope.
The black-and-white photograph, stapled to a yellowed document deep in the archives, is evidence of a past that Khieu Ches would rather forget. The picture was taken in 1977, soon after the peasant boy, then 16, arrived at a school called S-21 in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.
When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo swept into power on a wave of popular protest in January, elites in Manila and Washington breathed a sigh of relief. Here was a sober-minded leader--an economics professor, no less--who would restore stability to a country rocked by the corruption scandals of her predecessor, Joseph Estrada.
During Thailand's economic crisis in 1997 and 1998, financial analysts in the region jokingly described the country as the "Thaitanic." In the run-up to last Saturday's national election, political wags were using the same doomed-ship analogy when talking about the brash politician Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thwack. thwack. thwaaack! The mysterious pounding is coming from behind a door at the Shaolin Temple. My two friends and I haven't met Shi Mingwu yet, but when the warrior monk opens the door, I can see that this idea of studying kung fu with a real Shaolin master is more foolhardy than I thought.
The final moments of the last and oldest Western colony in Asia will seem, to any casual observer, utterly dignified. Just before midnight on Dec. 19, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and 2,500 guests will gather in a translucent steel-and-glass banquet hall in Macau to toast the end of nearly 450 years of Portuguese occupation.
Nobody wants to be called a "moral terrorist." But it's an epithet 59-year-old Henrietta Mendez has been tagged with since 1994. As the Philippines' chief movie censor, Mendez ordered cuts in the film "Schindler's List." (Her objection, she insists, was not that the Jews herded into the gas chamber were naked--as some Philippine critics reported--but that Schindler was shown having sex with his mistress.) She was fired a year later.
The Zhang family was sleeping soundly in apartment 307 of Taipei's Tunghsing Building when the first tremors nudged them awake at 1:47 a.m. last Tuesday. In seconds, the 12-story hotel and apartment complex began jerking violently back and forth, up and down, as though in the angry grip of some supernatural force.