2022: A year of fear, sorrow, hope and joy

Fear at the prospect of war over tensions in Europe and Asia, sorrow over the situation in Myanmar, hope for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and joy at celebrating three important anniversaries

Myanmar actress Paing Phyoe Thu holding up the three-finger salute on Feb 17, during one of many protests this year against the coup. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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As I look forward to the new year, I feel fear, sorrow, hope and joy. Why do I have such mixed emotions? I do so because they reflect the realities of the world we live in.

What do I fear the most in 2022? I fear the prospect of war between Russia and Ukraine and between the United States and China.

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