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AUGUST 2, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 4

C O V E R   S T O R Y
Special Report: John F. Kennedy Jr. 1960-1999
As the body of America's young prince is laid to rest at sea, attention focuses on how the country's most famous family is dealing with its latest tragedy


A S I A
CHINA: Quiet Storm
The crackdown against followers of Falun Gong could turn the group into Beijing's most feared organization

Interview: Master Li defends his sect

TAIWAN: Backing Down
Quick intervention by the United States forces Taipei to soften its language, diminishing tension with the mainland

Interview: Vice President Lien "clarifies" the situation

SOUTH KOREA: Cleaning House
Corruption scandals sully Kim Dae Jung's administration

JAPAN: False High?
The big rise in the Nikkei index, fueled mostly by foreign money, may not be as promising an indicator as it seems

Currencies: The region watches for signs that Beijing may be considering a devaluation of the renminbi

VIETNAM: Where Coal Was King
For the miners of Quang Ninh province, the only thing worse than their working conditions is no work at all




T H E   A R T S
CINEMA: The Tap ... Tap Tap of Courage
The voices of POWs and war widows inform two powerful documentaries about Vietnam

DANCE: Vietnam Joins the Dance
Vietnam's Ea Sola uses modern elements to evoke traditional village life

E N D   P A G E S
SPOTLIGHT

MILESTONES

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

TRAVEL WATCH:
Manila: Great for a Thrill, Or Just to Chill



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