26 Asian celebrities, activists, political leaders among TIME’s ‘100 most influential people of 2021’
TIME magazine has published its 100 most influential people of 2021 on Wednesday and the full list includes Naomi Osaka, Shohei Ohtani and Cathy Park Hong, among other Asian luminaries from around the globe.
The 18th annual list of influential people features activists, celebrities, political leaders and athletes, with the youngest among them being Olympic medalist Sunisa Lee.
TIME has honored a 15-year-old Indian American girl as its first-ever “Kid of the Year” for her creative use of technology to tackle issues such as contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying and opioid addiction.
Time named Greta Thunberg as “Person of the Year,” but others believe the recognition should have been given to the Hong Kong protesters.
Shortly after the magazine unveiled the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist on the cover of the special annual issue, many responded in favor of the protesters, who made it to the shortlist alongside President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and The Whistleblower.
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has made his way to the top of Time magazine’s readers’ poll of the 100 most influential people in the world, beating out the Pope.
Duterte, who once told President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and claimed to have thrown someone off a helicopter, has gained 5% of the final “yes” votes in the annual poll, which closed on Easter Sunday.