Dorinda Elliott

Gradual Is Good

For many Chinese, the real revolution didn't happen in 1949. It came nearly three decades later--specifically, on May 5, 1978. That's the day a seemingly drab headline--carry out the socialist principle of distribution according to work--signaled the advent of Chinese capitalism, and a whole new life for a revolution that had failed its people miserably until then.

Learning To Think

Every year, as the rice seedlings first shoot up in Taiwan's glistening paddies, students make their final preparations for the university-entrance exams, and the horror stories begin.

The Royal Treatment

The mass kowtow is not going well. A young woman marches down a long corridor, barking into a megaphone in Malay. She is trying to get 896 extras--farmers and traders from surrounding Malaysian villages--to fall to the ground in sequence, like a wave.

No More Mr. Tough Guy

Chow Yun-Fat was sick and tired of acting with two guns in his hands. That was 1993, after he left superstardom in Hong Kong action movies for slightly less bang-bang fare in Hollywood.

Making A Modern Day 'King And I'

The mass kowtow is not going well. A young woman marches down a long corridor, barking into a megaphone in Malay. She is trying to get 896 extras--farmers and traders from surrounding Malaysian villages--to fall to the ground in sequence, like a wave.

The Woman Who Won His Heart

It had to be destiny. John Kennedy had been linked to some of the most talked-about women in the world. He had jogged in Central Park with Madonna. He had gone deep-powder skiing in Telluride, Colo., with Daryl Hannah.

Where Pirates Still Sail

Park Ha Joon promised to be home in a month. The 47-year-old South Korean ship's engineer had made this kind of trip hundreds of times before, so when he said goodbye to his wife and two daughters last September, nobody got too upset. "Be healthy," he said to his wife, "and take care of the kids." Park boarded a 2,600-ton cargo ship called the Tenyu in the southern port of Ulsan and set sail for Indonesia.

Hold Those Eulogies

Is Mahathir Mohamad as healthy as he says he is? The question arose when the 73-year-old prime minister checked into Kuala Lumpur's topnotch national Heart Institute immediately after his return from a pilgrimage to Mecca late last month.

Blood On The Books

Nobody told Michael Wansley when he became an accountant that he would be putting his life on the line. He did his job well and rose through the ranks of the big accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as an expert in restructuring troubled enterprises.

We're Not Sunk Yet

When the topic is Malaysian crony capitalism, Halim Saad's name is usually one of the first to come up. In the 1980s, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his economic guru, Daim Zainuddin, recruited the talented Malay businessman to run a company set up to manage the ruling party's businesses.

Pieces Of The National Mosaic

THERE MAY BE A FINANCIAL crisis in Indonesia, but Ida Royani's business is booming. Her fashion collection has been rushed off to the stores, where outfits are flying off the racks as women buy new clothes to celebrate this week's end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.

Painting The Town Red

WHO SAYS NOTHING'S GOING TO CHANGE IN Hong Kong when the clock strikes midnight on July 1? Across town, 400 government workers with welding torches, hammers and paint buckets in hand will jump into action to erase the last traces of Britain from Hong Kong's offices and walls.

Twins-With Two Fathers

Wilma And Willem Stuart" Were giddy with joy when Dutch medicine produced what five years of trying on their own couldn't: a child. In fact, the in vitro fertilization gave them twins.

Our Life As Ivan Investor

Muscovites got a lot of practice standing in line during the food shortages of the Soviet era, and several thousand of them put that experience to good use last week outside the investment firm MMM.

Feeding Russia's Rumor Mill

IT ALL BEGAN WITH "VERSION NUMBER ONE," an ominous-sounding report of a Russian coup plot. According to the alleged plan, published in the liberal Obshchaya Gazeta newspaper, an "eminent public figure" would announce on TV that Boris Yeltsin could no longer manage the country's affairs because of "the serious deterioration in his health." A group of conservative officials would then declare a state of emergency to combat the catastrophic economic situation and soaring crime rate.

Back At Kgb Headquarters

LAST AUGUST A RUSSIAN JOURNALIST was called into KGB headquarters, confronted with details of an illicit romantic liaison and asked to provide information on the political leaders she writes about.

'Boris Is Finally A Russian'

JUST DAYS AFTER BILL CLINTON'S entourage left town telling the world how strong Boris Yeltsin looked, the Russian president was bargaining from weakness. Puffy, stiff-legged, Yeltsin sat across a coffee table from his defiant prime minister, Viktor Chernomyrdin.

Yeltsin's Free-Market Offensive

RUSSIAN HARD-LINERS DERIDED THEM AS THE BOYS IN pink pants. But these days, Yeltsin's liberal economic team is Ron a roll. The day after the Russian president dissolved Parliament, the word came down to the market reformers: start writing decrees.

Which Way Will Yeltsin Go?

Bill Clinton got his first chance to comment on the news while the University of Arkansas track team was visiting the White House. "This is a very, very good day, not only for the people of Russia, but for the people of the United States and all the people of the world," he said.

After The Showdown

The world watched breathlessly as Boris Yeltsin battled with the Russian Parliament last week, but the real power struggle took place elsewhere. On the first night of the Congress of People's Deputies, 160 local potentates from around Russia gathered in Moscow and coolly invited Yeltsin to address them.

'Shock Therapy' For Yeltsin

For a few moments, Boris Yeltsin seemed almost proud of his decision to name a conservative as his new prime minister. After a stroll through Beijing's Forbidden City, the Russian president praised the Chinese model of gradual economic reforms, just the kind that Viktor Chernomyrdin, a heavyset industrialist from the centrally planned economy, seems to favor.