When Canadian-born Hong Kong actor and singer Edison Chen (陳冠希)
and Jolin Tsai (蔡依林)
strutted down the catwalk in 2007 to promote a leading brand of jeans, it seemed like just another fashion show. Months later, however, when explicit pictures were stolen from Chen’s computer showing him with some of Asia’s top female stars in various sexually explicit poses, Netizens were drooling over the prospect that Tsai was among the handful of starlets Chen had photographed.
None, however, emerged.
When the pair showed up last week at the same fashion show, all the old rumors resurfaced.
Organizers, however, were careful to keep the two apart,
with Tsai appearing at the
beginning of the show and Chen at the end. And then there was the mutual backslapping.
Commenting on Chen’s fall from grace, Tsai told the assembled press pack that the scandal wasn’t that bad and she wished him good luck on his forthcoming projects, which include an album of “confessional” songs, slated for release next month. Chen, for his part, said that he admires Tsai’s singing and dancing.
He’s not the only one. Rumors continue to circulate that Tsai’s former flame, Jay Chou (周杰倫), wants to sign her to his JVR Music (杰威爾音樂) label after her current contract with Warner Music (華納音樂) expires this summer.
Both pop stars denied the reports, according to a story in the China Times. The Apple Daily, meanwhile, reported that Tsai has already opened her own record company, which if the precedent set by Chou is anything to go by, is a smart move.
Model Timi Hsiao (蕭依婷), who once appeared in one of the Chairman’s videos, has, allegedly, been caught with drugs.
But that’s not all. A follow-up investigation by the police revealed that Hsiao was involved in a prostitution ring operated by mamasan and former beauty pageant finalist Ling Wei-wei (凌葳威), reported Apple.
Ling is alleged to have pimped out B-grade actresses, singers and models to patrons in Taiwan, China and Singapore for NT$60,000 a pop.
Hsiao later said that she had recently run into financial trouble and only agreed to “dinner dates” as a way of earning extra money and denied that anything untoward had happened.
Ling was quoted as saying that she only arranges the dates with clients and what they do on the assignations is their own affair.
Meanwhile, a SetTV (三立) reporter is in the firing line over a question she posed to child star Hsiao Hsiao Bin (小小彬), the stage name of Wen Hsuan-yeh (溫玄燁).
At a promotional event attended by Bianca Bai (白歆惠), Xiao Xiao Bin’s mom on the hit television series P.S. Man (偷心大聖P.S.男), the reporter queried the five-year-old about a report in the United Daily News that suggested whenever he appeared in a show, its ratings plummeted.
“You are always on television, [but] how would you feel if [audiences] didn’t want to see you anymore?” the reporter asked. The comments clearly got to the youngster because he later asked his father, “Why doesn’t everyone want to see me?”
Needless to say, the stunt has turned into a PR nightmare for SetTV. In a statement, the company said its reporter asked the question as a way of giving the kid “an opportunity to explain himself.”
And finally, an addition to the annual roster of ridiculous polls. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity vote celebrates those in the entertainment industry who don’t eat meat. Big S (大S), otherwise known as Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛), and Blue Lan (藍正龍) were leading the Taiwanese pack as of press time. To cast a ballot, visit www.petaasiapacific.com/featureSexiestVegCeleb2010-Eng.asp?c=papsv10epr.
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide
June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
The morning after the ride, my hands ached in a way I’d never before experienced, and my palms looked slightly bruised. Flexing my fingers as I waited for my coffee to cool down, I knew exactly which part of the previous day’s excursion had done this to me. As the go-to-work rush hour ebbed, I’d set off inland on my 125cc scooter. I took Provincial Highway 20 as far as Tainan City’s Yujing District (玉井). From there, I took Provincial Highway 3 into Nansi District (楠西). The route I’d planned would take me past the eastern side of Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫)