When the group debuted in the mid-2000s, AKB48 was more easily dismissed as a novelty act. But in recent years, the group has expanded into a bona fide musical empire — one that has spread across Asia.
Mohamudul Hasson and Tobarik Huson, both Rohingya from Myanmar, met in Malaysia after taking arduous journeys to escape persecution and stagnation as stateless Muslim minorities. Neither Myanmar nor neighboring Bangladesh recognizes them as citizens.
When Kinari Webb first visited Borneo’s Gunung Palung National Park in the 1990s as a student, the rainforest was being deforested at a frightening rate. Webb went on to found the nonprofit, Health in Harmony, which aims to keep the forest healthy by keeping people healthy.