Making a Difference

The news can often seem a constant stream of bad tidings—wars, tsunamis, hurricanes—but every year TIME Asia gets to do something that reaffirms our faith in the goodness of people, and in the world as a wondrous place. In our annual Asia's Heroes issues, we spotlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things—inspirations to us all. Next week we publish our latest list. First, though, we catch up with a few of the chosen from last year.

PHAM THI HUE has become a celebrity in Vietnam. The demure former tailor has appeared on television and on magazine covers, traveled abroad,...

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