July 24th, 2012


Jiro Wang slammed for insensitivity towards victims of Beijing floods

Beijing was ravaged by the heaviest rain in over six decades over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and the deaths of at least 30 people. Singer Jiro Wang, who has been in the Chinese capital filming My Beautiful Kingdom, was resting in his hotel room when the storm struck, where he was struck by inspiration and penned a rain-themed poem.

He wrote, "The storm outside is like someone's tears; those under their umbrellas seem aimless as the sound of the rain falling echoes the sound of their longing. I foolishly smile like a child; even if there are no clear skies after the rain, I must also paint this colourful landscape. (My) longing is a laughable tragedy, just like this unexpected rain. I can only gaze at Beijing through my window and continue waiting. How wet; good poem!"

In Mandarin "How wet; good poem!" sounds alike and became the centre of much criticism as some fans felt that his likening of the storm to his feelings was insensitive and showed a lack of compassion for the victims of the disaster.

Actress Shu Qi stepped up to defend Jiro on her micro-blog, saying, "We are in Beijing, how could we lack compassion? If you look at Jiro's micro-blog, you'll be able to tell if he has compassion or not."

Jiro's manager has clarified that the poem was written at about seven in the evening and that Jiro had thought it was just a normal storm and learned about the devastation it had caused much later.


Taiwan Comedian Da Bing dies at age 37

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Taiwanese entertainer Tony Fish, who starred in the Hollywood film Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, has died at the age of 37 after contracting a serious lung infection, his former agent and TV producer Shen Yu-lin confirmed Monday.

Fish, known locally by his nickname "Da Bing," was suffering from pneumonia and died at a hospital in Beijing on July 20, Shen said.

According to the producer, the comedian's body has already been cremated, and his ashes were expected to return to Taiwan later Monday.

Fish's memorial service is scheduled to be held on July 30, the Home of Christian Performing Artists said in a statement released on Monday night.

Fish had a small role in the 2005 movie starring Rob Schneider, playing a gigolo's representative in Taiwan.

He was also well-known for impersonating politicians and female celebrities such as former Premier Frank Hsieh and late Grammy Award-winning singer Whitney Houston.

The comedian had struggled with a drug addiction, and he took a leave of absence from showbiz in Taiwan in March 2011 after being arrested for using drugs for the fourth time.

Source: http://focustaiwan.t...ID=201207230029

Collection of deleted Han Han blog posts sells out in Hong Kong

The latest book by popular Chinese author, blogger and racecar driver Han Han ─ titled Disconnected Country — sold out in just three days after its release at the 18th Hong Kong Book Fair on July 18, leaving one sample copy on display at the venue.

Most buyers were from mainland China: the book was a collection of Han Han's blog posts that had been "harmonized" — the commonly used euphemism for something removed from the internet by China's censors — last year, reported Want Daily, our Chinese-language sister newspaper.

It was announced on the afternoon of July 20 that Han Han's book was out of stock at the fair, leaving only one sample copy on the shelf. Many fans refused to give up, intending to buy the remaining sample copy, but the publishing house refused to sell it. Fans had to wait until next day when more copies were put on sale.

Disconnected Country, published by Hong Kong's Oxford Press, includes a piece lamenting over the high-speed rail accident that occurred near Wenzhou in eastern China last summer, killing 40. According to staff at the book fair, many readers from the mainland bought five to 10 copies at a time, presumably to sell them or bring them to friends back home.

On netizen sighed: "I though it was luxury goods that we had to buy in Hong Kong, but now the same is true for books! This situation has justified the book's title!"

Some readers are worried that the books may be seized by customs officers when they return to the mainland.

"Books published by Oxford will not be banned, we must have faith in our government and customs," said Lin Daoqing, editor-in-chief of the publishing house.


Now if someone can just translate it hohoho....