HUMANITARIANS

Cserdi's voivode Hungary

The Christian Science Monitor

Once an impoverished Roma village was the pits. Now it's a community of budding entrepreneurs and philanthropists, thanks to a single man

The Enabler Hungary

The Christian Science Monitor

A Hungarian humanitarian has set out to harness the energies and abilities of people with disabilities

Big Big Mother Cambodia

The Jerusalem Report

A flamboyant Australian woman is unabashedly 'loud and pushy' in getting things done for the orphans in her care

Music man on a mission Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A classical pianist from Texas reaches out to young musicians from Sudan to Afghanistan by bringing them the sounds of America

Tinseltown story Cambodia

The Christian Science Monitor

A movie mogul turned his back on Hollywood to save the lives of children at Phnom Penh's garbage dumps

Visions of a generation Cambodia

The Christian Science Monitor

A survivor of the Killing Fields teaches self-respect and integrity to young Cambodians

Good as Gold Thailand

The Jerusalem Report

A retired college professor from San Francisco has set out to change lives from Afghanistan to Indonesia — a few dollars at a time

Let the children play Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A plucky British expat set about creating daycare centers for the children of migrant construction workers in a booming Thai resort town

Delivering books on elephant back Laos

The Christian Science Monitor

An American publisher has decided to get much-needed reading material to Lao children, through thick or thin

Cooking up a better future Vietnam

The Christian Science Monitor

An entrepreneur returned to Vietnam to help poor kids get off the mean streets by giving them marketable skills

Healing wounds old and new Burma

The Christian Science Monitor

Dr. Cynthia’s border clinic treats victims of war and penury from her native land

St. Joe of Bangkok’s slums Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

An American Catholic priest gives shelter to abused and neglected children and teaches them “to be good”

The ‘Angel of Bang Kwang’ Thailand

The Sydney Morning Herald

A former Aussie flower child seeks to bring smiles to the faces of people who need it most

Bernie’s Law Cambodia

The Christian Science Monitor

Be it red tape or red carpet, a former Newsweek correspondent will stomp on it to get his way

Krisher the Pusher Cambodia

The Jerusalem Report

A onetime Jewish refugee brings the Internet and hope to Cambodia’s most destitute children

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

A whole new Jew Hungary

The Jerusalem Report

A far-right politician trivialized the Holocaust and blamed Jews for the wrongs of the world – before he found out that he was a Jew himself

The Reds’ Advocate Thailand

The Jerusalem Report

An international lawyer doesn’t shy away from verbal heavy artillery in his battles on behalf of his prominent clients

A friend of the dead Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A colorful – and literally so – forensic scientist works on high-profile cases in her fight against police impunity

An ex-Crip dances again Cambodia

The Christian Science Monitor

Deported to Cambodia, an ex-gangland stalwart from the US saves street kids – and himself – with break dance

The world in a matchbox Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A Thai boy’s fascination with collecting the tiny art on matchboxes grew into a seven-decade passion

Love and laughter Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A self-proclaimed 'superannuated hippie' brings Jesus to the Bangkok Hilton. She hugs and cackles a lot, but doesn't proselytize

The coin collector Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A numismatist has it all from “tiger tongue” money to “pig mouth” coins

Good old Dr. Siri Laos

The Christian Science Monitor

A crime writer has given a little-known land its very own celebrated sleuth

Blogging from behind bars Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A young drug addict has gained an international following with his no-holds-barred accounts of a troubled life

The accidental bartender Thailand

The Jerusalem Report

An American glamor photographer turned entrepreneur targets Bangkok's "hi-so" crowd by keeping some of the "low-so" sin out of his club in Sin City

All pumped up Hong Kong

The National Post

How a scrawny Montreal teen became master of a empire of health clubs

The ‘Jew’ in Jewelry Thailand

The Jerusalem Report

Israelis in Thailand and around the East are designing, manufacturing and selling silver jewelry — for the body and the soul

The Brokenbone Champ Thailand

The Jerusalem Report

Battered and bruised but undaunted, a onetime Jerusalem fishmonger is a tough-as-nails master of the rib-smashing sport of muay thai

Party animals' cartographer Thailand

The Jerusalem Report

For the ultimate fun-packed lightning tour of Bangkok, Beijing or Bali, an American expat has got a map for you

ANIMAL LOVERS

A home for Mr. Kit Laos

The South China Morning Post

The founders of an ecotourism start-up in Luang Prabang want to do elephant tourism right by providing the entertainment without the exploitation

Prairie dogged Thailand

The Bangkok Post

In their native North America, the borrowing squirrels are widely seen as pesky pests. In Thailand, though, they are pampered pets

Mochas and meerkats Thailand

The South China Morning Post

Wanna have desserts in the company of raccoons, fennec foxes and caracal cats? An animal cafe offers just that chance, for better or worse

Friends, not food Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A retired couple and their animal charity are on a quest to get dogs off the menu in Southeast Asia, from Thailand to Vietnam

The Elephant Whisperer Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A British backpacker cut her trip short to tend to a sickly baby elephant. Today her sanctuary is home to several rescued jumbos

Suffer the little bears Cambodia

The Christian Science Monitor

An Australian grandmother has created sanctuaries across Southeast Asia for much-abused sun and moon bears

Saving the last big cats Burma

The Christian Science Monitor

Tigers, leopards, jaguars – they have a friend in an intrepid conservationist from New York

Into the tiger's den Burma

The Jerusalem Report

A boy with a stutter from Brooklyn came to love fearsome exotic predators and set out to save them

In the hands of babes Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

The future of Thai elephants may lie in the hands of a new generation of mahouts, some as young as seven

A dog’s life in Bangkok Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

A British housewife has set out to save stray animals from hardship, disease and abuse

The running of the bubalus Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

The unsung hero of Asian rural economies gets its due during an annual race in a Thai seaside town

A monk and his tigers Thailand

The Christian Science Monitor

Several members of a revered but beleaguered species have found a new home in a monastery