Asian Journey

Each winter, TIME Asia senior editor Zoher Abdoolcarim has one of the most pleasant tasks in journalism: he gets to propose the topic for our summer annual double issue, which for six years now, we've called Asian Journey. Zoher, who leads the editing of the issue, must have found last year's theme, "In Search of Paradise," a bit tame. For 2005, he says, he decided that we'd embark on "the mother of all journeys—how modern Asia came to be, no less." Once we'd heard him out and shook our heads, all of us at Time Asia were enchanted by the...

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