Asian of the Century
Asian of the Century is a centurial issue of the 20th century held by American AsianWeek magazine and CNN in 1999 that features and profiles Asian persons who have topped their respective fields. Mahatma Gandhi was declared as the "Asian of the Century".
Those people featured are considered as "The person who contributed most to the betterment of Asia in the past 100 years'".
The Big Five
The Big Five are:
- Politics and Government: Deng Xiaoping (China)
- Business and Economics: Akio Morita (Japan)
- Arts, Literature and Culture: Akira Kurosawa (Japan)
- Science and Technology: Charles K. Kao (UK/USA)
- Moral and Spiritual Leadership: Mahatma Gandhi (India)
There was a long list of runners-up, such as Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), Amartya Sen, Bruce Lee (1940–1973), Chang Min Chueh (1919–1991), Gregory Pincus, M.S. Swaminathan, Rodolfo Aquino, Goh Keng Swee, Li Kuo-ting, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Muhammad Yunus, Mother Teresa (1910–1997), the 14th Dalai Lama, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1876–1948), Mahathir Mohamad, Mao Zedong (1893–1976), Corazon Aquino, and Lee Kuan Yew.
- Time Person of the Year
- Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century
- Canadian Newsmaker of the Year
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Introduction: They Changed Our Lives
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Politics & Government: Deng Xiaoping (China)
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Business & Economics: Morita Akio (Japan)
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Arts, Literature & Culture: Kurosawa Akira (Japan)
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Science & Technology: Charles K. Kao (China/U.S.)
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Moral & Spiritual Leadership: Mohandas K. Gandhi (India)
- ASIAN OF THE CENTURY Contenders: And They Also Shone