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OCTOBER 27, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 42 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK


Lucas Oleniuk for Asiaweek.
Dorinda Elliott, with 14 years' experience in Asia, takes charge as the region faces dynamic change.

 

To Our Readers
Opening a New Chapter for Asiaweek

In its 25-year history, Asiaweek has had only three editors: co-founders T.J.S. George and Michael O'Neill, who conceived the magazine as the Vietnam war was coming to a close, and Ann Morrison, who succeeded O'Neill in 1994 and built on their legacy. With this issue, Asiaweek's fourth editor takes charge: Dorinda Elliott.

"Dinda," as she is widely known, is a world-class journalist who comes to Asiaweek after 14 years at Newsweek. As its Hong Kong bureau chief, she won an Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the transfer of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 and shared another OPC award for the magazine's China reporting in 1996. Most recently she has served as Newsweek's Asia editor, based in Hong Kong.

As a writer and editor, Elliott has covered such diverse Asian subjects as the People Power revolution in the Philippines, reforms in China, democracy in Taiwan, the fall of Indonesia's Suharto, and the reformasi movement in Malaysia. Her interest in Asia predates her work in the region. Elliott graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and attended the National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Center. She is fluent in Mandarin, French and Russian (her three years in Moscow for Newsweek are almost the only break she has taken from Asia in her 17-year journalistic career).

With Elliott's energy, vision, and years of experience in Asia, we think she is the perfect person to lead Asiaweek into its next exciting chapter. "I can't think of a more exciting place to be," says Elliott. "Asia is going through a period of remarkable socio-economic change — a kind of awakening as a new generation emerges. The new Asians are into innovation, the Internet, and business, and they are struggling with the conservative ways of their parents' generation. Asiaweek is perfectly positioned to cover this turning point."

Elliott is married to Adi Ignatius, who has been appointed editor of Time Asia, Asiaweek's sibling publication. They are not the first married couple to take on these editorial positions. Ann Morrison's husband, Donald Morrison, was Ignatius's predecessor at Time Asia. Now the two Morrisons are off to London, where they will co-edit Time's European edition.

Asiaweek has a tradition of marking historic change. As co-founder George wrote in an editorial statement in our first issue in December 1975: "Realities have changed, and values with them. It is a new Asia, and this is a new magazine to report it." Ever since, the magazine has continually moved with the times. And today, as the region faces yet another period of dynamic change, Asiaweek will continue to be the voice of the new Asia.

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