June 24th, 2012

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MAYDAY SWEEPS MELODY AWARDS



Taiwan rock band Mayday (五月天) nabbed six major awards at the 23rd Golden Melody Awards (金曲獎) on Saturday, making it the biggest winner of the largest music event in the Chinese-speaking world.

Mayday won Best Mandarin Album, Best Band, Best Album Producer, Best Music Arranger, Best Composer, and Best Song of the Year with its eighth album Second Round (第二人生), released in 2011, after a three-year wait.

In the competitive Best Mandarin Female Singer category, Singaporean singer and songwriter Tanya Chua (蔡健雅) beat strong contenders Hebe Tien (田馥甄), A-mei (張惠妹), Stefanie Sun (孫燕姿), A-Lin (黃麗玲) and Waa Wei (魏如萱) to win the title. It was the third time she was crowned at the annual music awards, a new record in the show’s history.

Meanwhile, the Best Mandarin Male Singer surprisingly went to singer and songwriter Luantan Ascent (亂彈阿翔), who beat household names Yoga Lin (林宥嘉), Jay Chou (周杰倫), Eason Chan (陈奕迅) and Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰) to capture the trophy.

Other winners included Best Lyricist Wu Hsiung, Best Taiwanese Male Singer Huang Shan-liang (荒山亮), Best Taiwanese Female Singer Jeannie Hsieh (謝金燕), and Best New Artist Llid Kaolo (以莉·高露).

One of the highlights of the ceremony came when the super girl band SHE stood on stage together, the first performance since Selina Jen (任家萱) suffered disastrous burn injuries in late 2010.

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Dalai Lama Calls China's Censorship "Morally Wrong"



DHARAMSALA: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has criticised the Chinese government's censorship policy as morally wrong and said 1.3 billion people of China have a right to know the reality.

"Totalitarian regimes like China's have for several decades depended far too much on cruelty, so fear and distrust are part of their atmosphere. This is why they try to conceal reality," the Nobel Peace laureate said.

"The 1.3 billion Chinese have a right to know the reality of their situation and they have the ability on that basis to judge right from wrong. For this reason, censorship and restricting people's movements are morally wrong and limit their creativity," he said in an interview with a magazine in Scotland Saturday, according to a post on the Central Tibetan Administration website here.

The Tibetan leader remarked: "This approach is short-sighted and has to change. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao too has spoken about the need for change and even democracy in China."

On the issue of Tibet, he said: "We are conducting a non-violent struggle in the spirit of reconciliation. It is worth supporting, because it must succeed. Our failure will support those who argue that you can only achieve your goals through force and violence."

He said self-immolations by Tibetans was very sad but showed a commitment to non-violence. "However, they are a clear sign of desperation."

The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.

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Zhou Dongyu becomes a kid again for charity



On Children’s Day in China,  Love of the Hawthorn Tree Actress  Zhou Dongyu 周冬雨 recently went with Baidu Charity to a remote village school to bring school supplies to the kids.

The college freshman, with her adorable smile and youthful look, fit right in with the kids. She played tug-a-war and the classic Eagle Vs Chickens game that is pretty much the  best for cute photos.  

source: cfensi



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