Thursday, April 28, 2011

Singer Rain on Time magazine ‘100’ list

Korean singer Rain was listed on Friday among Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

Detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and the activist mayor of a tsunami-hit Japanese town were also among the 17 Asians on the global list.

Topping a separate reader poll was South Korean pop star Rain, as Time's online readers cast aside moguls and heads of state for the third year running in favor of the heartthrob and singer of "Hip Song."

"That's pretty impressive online power for a guy whose main claim to Western fame is a role in the 2009 film Ninja Assassin," the magazine commented.

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, detained in Beijing since April 3 on suspicion of "economic crimes" and whose whereabouts are unknown, appears in an entry unlikely to please the Chinese government.

China's rising influence is also reflected in the listing of Charles Chao, founder of the web giant Sina-Weibo, journalist Hu Shuli, who started Caijing magazine and media personality Hung Huang.

Source: JoongAngDaily

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