24, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 46 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK
With the 20-Somethings
What better way to celebrate Asiaweek's 25th anniversary than with a
bunch of twenty five-year-olds? In this week's magazine, we have done
just that. In a remarkable collection of essays, profiles, and photographs,
we proudly present Asia's new generation. The twentysomethings are building
a New Asia, driven by business, the Internet, individualism and
plenty of attitude.
This issue also highlights some of the best we at Asiaweek can do. The
anniversary project was deftly coordinated by assistant managing editor
Ricardo Saludo. He had a smooth assist from general editor Penny Crisp,
who helped edit the fascinating profiles. Associate editor Jonathan
Sprague wrote our wonderful timeline, a romp through the last 25 years
of culture, politics and business. Head researcher Peggy Leung and her
team dug up the lists and statistics that help illustrate the last quarter
century. Our talented art department pulled out all the stops, too.
The playful cover and the magazine's overall look were designed by Emilio
Rivera, and Simon Wan crafted the timeline into a delightful visual
feast. Our opening essay, "Free to Dream," was written by talented correspondent
Jose Manuel Tesoro, who is 28.
Our pictures editor, senior editor Rob Mountfort, deserves special credit
this week, because the powerful images he assigned and edited reflect
the energy of Asia's new generation. Mountfort, who joined Asiaweek
in 1998 from the Far Eastern Economic Review, began his career in Asia
as a news photographer with Reuters. Mountfort brings great photography
to our pages every week, from stylish portraiture to hard-hitting photo-journalism.
His assistant, Wei Leng Tay, a 22-year-old Singaporean with a weakness
for snakeskin boots, brings a youthful edge to our photographic look.
Around the office, Mountfort and Tay have earned a reputation as the
coolest team, known for the Foo Fighters or Nirvana tunes that are often
blaring from the photo department's CD drive. The anniversary project
was a "tough job with 15 photographers, hundreds of emails, dozens
of rolls of film, gigabytes of picture data and looming deadlines,"
says Mountfort. "But it was worth it, just seeing all these young people
all over making real changes."
One of the most wonderful discoveries in working on Asiaweek's anniversary
project was just how many talented young people we have on our own staff.
No fewer than five Asian twentysomethings worked on our Then and Now
photo shoot. With this special issue, we aim to capture the spirit of
the region's youth. They're building a new Asia more transparent,
driven by business, more democratic, and much, much hipper than the
generation before. We at Asiaweek plan to be all over that story.
Elliott, Editor, Asiaweek
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