February 4th, 2012

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Taipei Times Pop Stop feat. Ethan Ruan, Mayday, et al.



Some celebrities are getting off to a more auspicious start to the Year of the Dragon than others.

S.H.E singer Ella Chen (陳嘉樺) began the lunar year with a marriage announcement. Chen plans to tie the knot with her Malaysian beau Alvin Lai (賴斯翔), a cosmetics executive, on May 5. She broke the news on her micro blog by posting a photo of her and Lai holding hands in front of a wooden plaque that read “love’s beautiful destiny” (良緣).

According to our sister paper, the Liberty Times, Chen and Lai’s families met for the first time over the Lunar New Year holiday at Chen’s home in Pingtung, which was described as a “joyous” occasion. The wedding will be held in Taiwan, according to Chen’s management, which said the couple are considering whether to hold a second banquet in Malaysia.

For Andy Lau (劉德華), the coming year will bring a baby girl. The 50-year-old Hong Kong superstar, who announced at the end of last year that his wife Carol Chu (朱麗倩) was pregnant, told fans at a meet-and-greet in Hong Kong that they are expecting a “little dragon girl,” due in June. Sharing such news is a turnaround for the famously secretive Lau, who previously tried to hide his marriage to Chu.


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Hong Kong 'locust' ad angers mainland netizens



SHANGHAI - Chinese netizens voiced anger Thursday over a Hong Kong advert portraying mainlanders as "locusts", sparking a call for calm in a state newspaper after an increasingly bitter exchange of words.

The advert was published in Hong Kong's widely-read Apple Daily Wednesday by an anonymous group in retaliation for comments made by Chinese professor Kong Qingdong, who called locals of the former British colony "dogs" and "bastards".

"How dare Hong Kong people have the courage to say we are locusts. No one should go to Hong Kong," said Reneeshou on Sina's popular microblog service.

"This shows a limited sense of appreciation (towards China) and a lack of tolerance of an international city," another commented.

The full-page advert demanded action to stop mainland Chinese "infiltration" of the territory, showing a huge locust overlooking Hong Kong's skyline with the words "Hong Kongers have had enough!" and "This city is dying, you know?"


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