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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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OCTOBER 29, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 43

She's Keeping the Baby

and Jackie Chan has a controversial new role
All the World's a Stage
Estrada Clan's Virtual Marriage Incentives

No more Mr. Nice Guy? Superstar Jackie Chan's image as the helpful "big brother" of Hong Kong cinema may have slipped a little. The cause: reports that actress Elaine Ng Yi-lei, is having his child. Ng, who is about seven months pregnant, had refused to name the father - until Oct. 16. In a TV interview, celebrity host DoDo Cheng finally put the question: "If you won't tell me his name, then I ask: Is he Jackie Chan?" The mother-to-be nodded. Chan was less than thrilled when she visited him in Canada earlier this year with news of her pregnancy. The action hero allegedly suggested an abortion (he is married to former actress Lin Feng-chiao, with whom he has a teenage son), prompting Ng to break up with him. Friends say she had thought hard whether or not to keep the baby. But having made her choice, Ng insists: "I will be the father and the mother; he need not bear any responsibility." The normally accessible Chan has avoided reporters since Ng's interview, even sneaking out the back after a Tokyo function to promote his film, Who Am I? Fans have been asking the same question.  

Seek and Ye Shall Find
Still lost in Cyberspace? It's time to look smart

Thailand: The Struggle for the Highlands
Accused of endangering the environment, Thailand's tribespeople face eviction and an uncertain future
• Searching for a Balance: Can minorities and forests co-exist?
• 'We Are Not a Zoo': When tribes are turned into objects

Theater: Butet's Royal Skewering
An actor with an irreverent take on presidents takes on Indonesia

People: She's Keeping the Baby
Jackie Chan's controversial new role

Newsmakers: Getting Around London
Jiang Zemin makes the rounds

People: Glamor Girl in Trouble
An Anwar accuser falls on hard times (10/22/99)

People: The Art of Raising Hard Cash
Prince Jufri's distress sale of the century (10/15/99)

People: Singlished Out
A Singapore sitcom star may have to clean up his act (10/08/99)

People: Jet Kicks the Single Life
A Quiet(ish) wedding for kickmaster Jet Li (10/01/99)

All the World's a Stage
Singapore TV actress Jacelyn Tay's star turn at a recent fashion gala didn't win her any concessions from the press. One of several local personalities modeling "paper art" to raise funds for the Save The Children charity, Tay got a grilling that left her feeling rather hot under the non-existent collar. Did she come between an Indonesian friend and his girlfriend, reporters wanted to know. It turns out Tay had been spotted at a hotel restaurant with the couple when they had a noisy tiff. A witness called a newsroom, and before long the star was fending off suggestions that she was a "third party." In a tabloid interview before the gala, Tay said she happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The "misunderstanding" was blown up just "because I'm an actress." Call it the trials of celebrity.  

Estrada Clan's Virtual Marriage Incentives
As wedding presents go, the list is hard to beat: three luxury homes, including a property in San Francisco, several cars and sundry items that had to be hauled away in five 10-wheeler trucks. Oh, and a couple of million dollars in cash. We're talking, of course, about the fabled gifts that presidential daughter Jacqueline Estrada and new husband Manuel "Beaver" Lopez are alleged to have received from relatives, well-wishers and influential businessmen such as Eduardo Cojuango Jr. and Lucio Tan. Can it be true? The Internet-generated list seems as substantial as the cyberworld in which it was circulated - along with a suggestion that other Estrada children may get hitched while their father is in office to collect similar benefits. Still, the rumors haven't caused the bride's father, Philippine President Joseph Estrada, to lose his sense of humor. Maybe Jackie could lend him some money, he joked. "My salary as president is so low."

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