is a testament to the abilities and the excellence of the young people in the Southeast Asian region and provides a glimpse into the bright future that awaits the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It not only features these young people, but was itself written, edited, and photographed by youths from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam - the 10 ASEAN members. To commemorate ASEAN's 40th anniversary, this publication - for the first time - contains profiles of 40 exceptional, inspirational, and interesting young individuals. It tells their stories: the trials they had to face, as well as the triumphs they had to work hard to achieve. Coming from all corners of the region and with backgrounds as varied as the languages and dialects they speak, the youths featured in this book show us that though diverse, they still have noteworthy similarities: the everyday heroism that they exhibit and the hopeful future they collectively embody.