Category Archives: China

The Next Jet Li Rising: Morgan Benoit

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Morgan Benoit, an American actor from Vermont is getting lots of attention after playing Lupo in a Jet Li and Jackie Chan martial arts film, “The Forbidden Kingdom”.

Benoit has moved to China to study Long Fist Kung Fu which he loved when he was 18. After a couple of years, he was admitted to Shi Cha Hai Sports Academy (former training grounds of Jet Li and many China’s top Olympic Athletes.)

Before his film career, Benoit also worked for Cirque du Soleil. After nearly 10 years away from his friends and family for studying and working in China, he’s recently returned to the US to continue his acting and film career in LA.

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Pioneer Lesbian Director Bares All In Beijing

Fridae had an interview with one of the most prolific lesbian feminist filmmaker in the history of cinema, Barbara Hammer,was in town for a screening of several of her over 80 experimental shorts, videos and features. It’s there on the screen in all its flushed glory. A close up of a woman’s genitals, a finger vigorously rubs the clitoris.

“As one of the world’s most prolific lesbian filmmakers, Hammer appears keen to inspire these young Chinese women. China’s answer to Hammer, lesbian documentary maker Shi Tou, is in the audience.

“Don’t listen to your male professors,” Hammer says. “Or your female ones. Just do what you want to do… Make your films. Make your work. We need it or your histories are lost. Our histories are lost.”

Read the full interview here

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Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia Competition

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Real-life Spiderman coming to HK

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Alain Robert, a.k.a. the real-life Spiderman who’s famous for climbing skyscrapers is coming to Hong Kong for a talk. But we all know what’s his real agenda is, to climb the skyscrapers of Hong Kong (DUH!). For those who don’t know, I’ve posted a shot of some of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong below.

Anyway, here’s the info:

Monday 14th April – special dinner with Alain Robert, the real-life Spiderman – $400 including 3 course dinner, glass of wine and coffee/tea with talk and presentation by Alain at Soho Soho Restaurant & Bar.

Inquiries: 2850-5065 or visit www.asia-city.com/events

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Vibrant Blossoms for Beijing Olympics

This year over a half a million people filled Victoria Park for the Hong Kong Flower Show 2008. The major theme was of course, “Vibrant Blossoms for Beijing Olympics. Participants from around the world created fantastical floral worlds. The spectacular event was accented with drawing, dancing, music and photography competitions. The best part of all is the reward at the end. All of the healthy plants are given to local agencies to keep the beauty alive all year long.

The Reading Tub: Don’t you just love the logo?

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The Reading Tub is one of the two 501c3 literacy projects endorsed and supported by the Dreamblogue. The Library Project (Asia) and the Reading Tub (US) share the ad revenue generated by the blog of dreams.

The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. National Commission on Reading, 1985 60% of the kindergartners in neighborhoods where children did poorly in school did not own a single book. The Patterns of Book Ownership and Reading, D. Feitelson and Z. Goldstein, 1986.

The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student. Newman, Sanford, et all. “American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy”; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000.According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, 73 billion dollars is the estimated annual cost of low literacy skills in the form of longer hospital stays, emergency room visits, more doctor visits, and increased medication. “Toward a Literate Nation”, Luis Herrera, Public Libraries, Jan/Feb 2004.

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