November 11, 2007
Written by C.N.
I came across this 1999 article from Time magazine that caught my eye: The Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century. I had not seen this particular list before, and found it to be an interesting read. I’ve broken down the names on their list into my own categories below but you should definitely read the individual descriptions and biographies for yourself on the Time site:
Ho Chi Minh
National Leaders Seen as Benevolent
Sun Yat-Sen (‘Father’ of modern China)
Chulalongkorn (‘Father’ of modern Thailand)
National Leaders Seen as Tragic
Park Chung Hee (President of South Korea during its economic rise)
Sukarno (Former President of Indonesia)
Economic Leaders and Artists
Eiji Toyoda (leader during Toyota Corp.’s international rise)
Akio Morita (founder of Sony Corp.)
Akira Kurosawa (famed filmmaker)
Embarrassed to Say I’ve Never Heard Of
M.S. Swaminathan (considered ‘Father’ of modern green revolution)
Issey Miyake (fashion designer)
Daisuke Inoue (inventor of the karaoke machine)
Rabindranath Tagore (Asia’s first Nobel Laureate, for literature in 1913)
Like I said, it’s an interesting list and each of their biographies is well worth the read.
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