Having been appointed to the Chinese political advisory committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), early this year, Donnie Yen (甄子丹) made an appearance at the National Conference held in Beijing on March 5th.
Speaking to the media, Donnie shared his thoughts on becoming a member, “It is an honor to be a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It’s a great responsibility and I will try my best to do this job well and serve everyone. I want to do something practical for the country.”
Donnie had always been an advocate of Chinese culture. The actor was born in Guangzhou, lived in Hong Kong during his early childhood and moved to the United States when he was 11 years old. Donnie held Hong citizenship from 1963 to 1974 before giving it up for his American citizenship in 1974. In 2009, Donnie renounced his American citizenship for his Hong Kong citizenship.
When asked Donnie’s reason for wanting to serve the CPPCC, Donnie shared, “In my films, I have always been doing things that I believe are right. Everyone can see some of my spirit in my films. As such, it is also my duty as a Chinese person.”
Donnie also touched on his goal in advocating for the Chinese film industry, “In terms of the Chinese film collaboration and talent, I think there are much less Chinese action films now. We need better policies to attract investment and meet the demand. This will allow more filmmakers to develop in this genre and for filmmakers to create with Chinese pride.”
Donnie continued, “I will pay attention to issues that are helpful to the culture of the Chinese film industry. Also, as a father, I will pay more attention to the development of Chinese youth and children.”
While Donnie is getting used to his role as a member of the CPPCC, many other notable celebrities are also members. They include Stephen Chow (周星馳), Kenny Ho (何家勁), Jordan Chan (陳小臻), Maria Cordero (瑪俐亞), Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), Liza Wang (汪明荃) and Jackie Chan (成龍).
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.