From left: Yue Sai, Lingerie Barbie, Lea, Mari, Princess of China, and an Asian Barbie from a career parent and child set (Barbie as a doctor). There is also a gorgeous Princess of Cambodia in separate pictures in this set. Yue Sai and Lea were brought to England and given to my nieces Nicole and Alessandra in 2006.
I haven't bought any Barbies since the made-in-China Barbie clones not only started to look indistinguishable from Barbie, but also cost much, much less (you can get one, in 2005, at under US$3 with clothes and accessories--blonde, of course).
I still think there aren't enough Asian Barbies, though you can get Kira and Lea dolls in Singapore now. Kira is supposed to be Asian but Lea looks better, so I have 2 Leas and no Kiras at all. I don't have the Singapore Airlines doll either, which used to be labelled a Barbie but is now a generic doll - her features looked too much like Kira.
Yue Sai is the made-for-China doll designed by Yue-Sai Kan. She cost more than an entry-level Barbie at the Beijing store where I bought her, but nothing like the price of the collectible dolls.
The original Mari packaging is on this page www.lorenjavier.com/toychest/asian/barbie.html. I gave her clothes to K-Tyn and dressed her in stuff from Yue Sai - that's why they match so well. Unfortunately Mari's feet aren't in the Barbie mold so she has no shoes. She came with chunky red, yellow and white boots.
The 2001 Limited Edition Lingerie Barbie, second from left, isn't actually Asian, but she's pretty and had lingerie on..with garters and heels! This is a Silkstone Barbie which is shaped a bit differently from more common Barbies, so you can't use the same clothes. Lingerie Barbies are collectibles and this was the most expensive Barbie I've ever bought. According to Barbiecollector.com there are six Lingerie Barbies (as of 2008). This is one of three black haired Lingerie Barbies, but the others have green eyes and are African-American respectively.
Most of the department stores would not sell collectible Barbies. The boxes don't last in the humid climate in any case, and the plastic bands used to attach items to the box tend to disintegrate.