The year 2008 brought major events throughout Asia. Unusually heavy snowstorms wreaked havoc in China as millions of people tried to travel home for Lunar New Year.
In a moving message to the European Parliament who awarded her husband, Hu Jia, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Zeng Jinyan also paid tribute to other activists who try to improve freedom of expression in China. “If the truth be told, sometimes one's courage is not enough. Sometimes the price to be paid is very, very high."
Dharamsala, India : Tibetan artists living in exile in India are working meticulously to reproduce ancient paintings holding the secrets of traditional Tibetan medicine.
Bangkok, Thailand : Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is elected as the nation's third prime minister in four months, triggering protests from supporters of the old government who tried to block parliament.