Report Card On Asia

How well--or badly--is each nation doing?

Amid the rubble of a cataclysmic year, Asia's economies are finally showing signs of life. At the Chow Tai Fook jewelry store in Hong Kong's Central district, where sales have languished for months, customers are back, snapping up gold and diamonds. The main streets of Seoul, nearly deserted in January, now hum with traffic. On weekend nights, revelers throng the dance floor of Jamz, Jakarta's hippest disco.

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