COVER

20 under 40 (Asia's Heroes)

TIME presents twenty members of a new generation taking the stage in Asia

Liu Xiang (Asia's Heroes)

A hurdler runs for his people—and wins—at Athens

John Wood (Asia's Heroes)

A former executive makes literacy his life

Pham Thi Hue (Asia's Heroes)

Vietnam's HIV-positive activist

Mukhtar Mai (Asia's Heroes)

A Pakistani woman defies tribal law

Ichiro Suzuki (Asia's Heroes)

America's new hit king is 100% Japanese

Houch Houan (Asia's Heroes)

Cambodia's ranger protects a national park

Nigo (Asia's Heroes)

The founder of A Bathing Ape is Japan's model of cool

Shah Rukh Khan (Asia's Heroes)

India's hottest idol is an everyday guy

Gautam Goswami (Asia's Heroes)

A bureaucrat saves India's flood victims

Jackie Hung (Asia's Heroes)

A Hong Kong woman battles for democracy

Yuan Yuan Tan (Asia's Heroes)

From China to San Francisco, a ballet star

Song Aree (Asia's Heroes)

Korean women are sweeping golf's prizes

Royston Tan (Asia's Heroes)

Challenging the Establishment in Singapore

Hong Suk Chun (Asia's Heroes)

Not afraid to be gay in South Korea

ASIA

A Sickness Spreads

A tragic case in Thailand indicates that bird flu can be transmitted from one human to another

BRIEFING

Up in Arms (Notebook)

Taiwan says it will strike back in kind if China sends missiles its way

Milestones (Notebook)

Geoffrey Beene dies; Britain's Gurkhas gain rights

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the Week

Letters (Notebook)

The Struggle Within Islam

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Art, Liberated (Exhibition)

For the first time in 125 years, a Japanese shrine displays its hidden treasures in all their splendor

GLOBAL ADVISER

Adventure in Style (TIME Global Adviser)

Going off the beaten track needn't mean roughing it. A mini-guide to winter jaunts

Grapevine (TIME Global Adviser)

Cream of the Cybercrop