After appointed as the first UNDP China national goodwill ambassador, Zhou Xun joined a welfare party in the evening on April 22, Earth Day.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
After appointed as the first UNDP China national goodwill ambassador, Zhou Xun joined a welfare party in the evening on April 22, Earth Day.
Let's see some Zhou Xun's clips at the appointment ceremony: Zhou Xun as the first UNDP China national Goodwill Ambassador.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
When the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced its first National Goodwill Ambassador to promote environmental responsibility yesterday, they picked the right person: actress Zhou Xun. Sure, Zhou has green cred -- she turns off the tap while brushing, she prefers bikes to SUVs, and she urges her film crews to use reusable chopsticks, she says. But more importantly, she's Chinese.
In a country where the rhetoric on environmental protection seems inversely proportionate to public awareness (especially among young people!), celebrity environmentalism may be one of the more effective ways to get the message out. And aside from fur-wearing Gong Li (or Leo, on a recent stop in Hong Kong), few stars in China have become known for their green choices. Too bad. Star-powered campaigns can be a relief from the typical government initiatives, not least because they are cool (and hot, see below) in a way that China's apparatchiks just aren't.
And since celebrities' daily goings-on are often a topic of conversation (they spew carbon just like us!"), their green lifestyle choices can set a strong example -- an important aspect of the Confucian tradition. "To save water, I personally try not to take baths anymore (only showers)," she said yesterday. "Habits can be very hard to change but I want to let people know that we can all make a difference."
Of course, it's worth noting that in Chinese cities, baths, like cars, are still mostly the province of the privileged; most of us still have to make do with showers and bicycles. Zhou said she wants to find "clever ways to communicate with people, and help people to protect the environment in clever ways." At a time when the standard of living is rising fast in China, and media scrutiny is increasing, the challenge of being a jet-setting green leader may be greater than usual. Forget the usual "turn off the faucet" message: if Zhou can demonstrate that a lavish, luxury-loving lifestyle like the one she and other stars exemplify is not ideal -- and show China's aspiring middle class how to keep a low footprint while keeping their Manolos on -- she would be sending the cleverest environmental message in China now
Chinese actress Zhou Xun (right) receives a letter of appointment from UNDP Resident Representative for China, Khalid Malik, in Beijing yesterday. Zhou was appointed the UN agency's first National Goodwill Ambassador to promote environmental sustainability in the country. (Source: China Daily)
BEIJING, April 22 -- China is looking to the stars in its battle to save the environment.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Monday appointed award-winning Chinese actress Zhou Xun as its first National Goodwill Ambassador to promote environmental sustainability and help the country fight climate change.
Zhou is expected to leverage on her celebrity status to raise awareness of green issues among the Chinese public and advocate simple, effective lifestyle changes to reduce carbon footprints and live an environmentally sustainable life.
"Everyone has a right to clean air and water, but people may have, unwittingly or under certain circumstances, given up that right," Zhou said at her appointment ceremony in Beijing Monday, the eve of Earth Day.
"It is obvious that people know about green tips. The issue is getting people to voluntarily practice them. Our goal is to find a clever way to make green tips hip, fashionable and fun. We want people to be proud to practice them," she added.
The 31-year-old actress is famous for her roles in movies such as Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Seamstress, The Banquet and Perhaps Love, in which she won best actress accolades in 2006. She has also garnered numerous fans in her roles in period and contemporary dramas at home and abroad.
The UNDP, along with other UN agencies, has long enlisted the voluntary services and support of prominent individuals to highlight priority development challenges, help amplify the message of human development and accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, which include poverty reduction, maternal health, and fighting child mortality, AIDS and other diseases.
It counts tennis star Maria Sharapova and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway among its other ambassadors, who support advocacy efforts through pro-bono public service announcements and other activities, doing these in their spare time and paying for the costs themselves.
Zhou received a letter of designation for her latest green role - for the token fee of 1 U.S. dollar a year.
"Climate change has become the defining issue of our time, set to transform the very way we live," said Khalid Malik, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in China.
"We must work with the government, the private sector, civil society and with individuals like Zhou Xun who have the talent and commitment to join us. As a multi-talented, award-winning performer, Zhou Xun has demonstrated her status as one of the best in China's entertainment industry.
"I have no doubt she will help make us the best in the battle against global warming, delivering the message that if we all take action and change our lifestyle, we can collectively overcome climate change," he added.
It is a daunting challenge. Official statistics show that more than one-quarter of the country's surface water supplies do not meet minimum quality standards, the air quality in one-third of Chinese cities remains poor and pollution is accelerating its spread to rural regions from urban areas. Environmental accidents have also been recorded at an alarming rate.
One of Zhou's first tasks as ambassador will see her fronting a two-year multimedia campaign, motivating individuals to take part in the fight against climate change by adopting simple lifestyle habits, such as using reusable chopsticks in restaurants or switching to more efficient, energy-saving light bulbs.
"To save water, I personally try not to take baths anymore (only showers)," she said. "Habits can be very hard to change but I want to let people know that we can all make a difference."
Editor: Bi Mingxin
BEIJING, April 21 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that Chinese actress/celebrity Zhou Xun was appointed as its first National Goodwill Ambassador (NGWA) with a special focus on promoting environmental sustainability. Meanwhile, a multimedia awareness campaign titled "Our Part" kicked off featuring Zhou Xun and UNDP to advocate simple, effective lifestyle changes to reduce carbon footprints and
collectively combat climate change.
"I would like to thank you, Zhou Xun, for touching our hearts with your acting, and now, for helping us in our mission to tackle climate change. We are proud to welcome you as the newest member of the UN family and honored to call you the first National Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP China," said Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China.
"Zhou Xun has set a good example in her own life to protect the environment that also impacts people around her. It only seems fitting that she has chosen to help the United Nations promote environmental awareness and engage her constituencies to make lasting and meaningful changes in our joint campaign," Malik said.
"Climate change has become the defining issue of our time, set to transform the very way we live. Climate change poses risks towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and we must all do our part to tackle this challenge head-on," he added.
Launched on the eve of Earth Day, in collaboration with Huayi Media Brothers Times Culture Agency, Modern Media and sohu.com, the two-year, multi-media campaign aims to leverage Zhou Xun's star power to motivate individuals to take part in the fight gainst climate change by adopting simple lifestyle habits such as using reusable chopsticks in restaurants or switching to more efficient, energy saving light bulbs.
Malik pointed out that over the past year, the issue of climate change has finally hit a coverage tipping point, receiving wide attention in the world's media. "However, while more and more people in China and around the world become aware of the issue, many feel powerless to alleviate it and rather see the reduction of carbon emissions as something to be tackled by Governments
and big industries."
"Our Part" is meant to tell people that small lifestyle changes can collectively make a big difference. By working with Zhou Xun and our partners, we hope to empower people with the right tools and incentives to reduce their carbon footprints by leading a more energy efficient lifestyle."
Zhou Xun described her appointment as an honor and responsibility. Regarding how to motivate people to practice environmental lifestyle habits, she said: "It's not about the message, but the delivery. Based on our online survey which had over 40,000 participants and also my personal experience from my last three film sets, it was obvious that people know about green tips. The issue is how to get people to voluntarily practice them. Our goal is to find a clever way to make green tips hip, fashionable and
fun. We want people to be proud to practice them."
"Based on our strong commitment to social responsibility, Modern Media has used its media power to convey the message of living a healthy and sustainable life," said Thomas Shao, CEO of Modern Media. "Our work is to entertain, educate, inspire and
ultimately drive change so our readers can internalize the concept of environmental sustainability in their daily lives. The life attitude we hope to communicate to our readers can be summarized as 'concern', 'care' and 'love'."
To support the campaign, sohu.com hosted an online competition, calling on the public to submit innovative designs for the official name and logo of the campaign. In the course of one month, over 80 logo ideas were submitted and over 40,000 individuals participated in the environmental survey also featured on the website. Selected logo ideas were displayed and winners awarded at the press conference.
Zhou Xun also unveiled her work plan as National Goodwill Ambassador after the appointment. She promised to spend time visiting UNDP climate change project sites this year.
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience
and recourses to help people build a better life.
Appointed by its headquarters, UNDP have six global Goodwill Ambassadors. They are soccer legends Ronaldo from Brazil, ZinÃ©dine Zidane from France and Didier Drogba from C?te de Ivoire, tennis star Maria Sharapova, Japanese actress Misako Kono and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway.
Since its foundation in1993, Modern Media Group has aimed to become a national media brand known for publishing
high quality and stylish magazines.
Its publications include Modern Weekly, The Outlook Magazine, Asian Business Leaders, Life Magazine, Car and
Dream, LOHAS and City Magazine.
Zhou Xun (BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS, THE BANQUET, PERHAPS LOVE) is an award-winning actress, fashion icon and eco activist.
'Our Part' Campaign: http://xiaozhou-undp.yule.sohu.com
UNDP China: http://www.undp.org.cn
Monday, April 21, 2008
Award-winning Chinese actress and eco-activist Zhou Xun was appointed as a National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.
UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in China Khalid Malik appoints Zhou Xun as a UNDP China National Goodwill Ambassador.[Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]
To leverage Zhou Xun's star power to motivate individuals to take part in the fight against climate change, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced on Monday that the Chinese actress will serve as its first National Goodwill Ambassador (NGWA) with a special focus on promoting environmental sustainability. A multimedia awareness campaign titled "Our Part," featuring Zhou Xun and the UNDP advocating simple, effective lifestyle changes to reduce carbon footprints and combat climate change was also released.
"Climate change has become the defining issue of our time, set to transform the very way we live," Khalid Malik, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in China, said.
Zhou Xun, one of China's biggest stars, is very active in environmental protection and sets a good example in her own life.
When talking about her opinion of environmental protection, Zhou Xun cited her own conservation measures as examples. She said that when brushing her teeth, she turns off the water after wetting the toothbrush, rather than letting the water run. She chooses to ride a bike or walk on foot rather than drive a car. She said that environmental protection should not be compulsory; it should be a voluntary lifestyle. The goal is to find a clever way to make green tips hip, fashionable, and fun.
UNDP is the UN's global development network, which advocates for change and connects countries through knowledge, experience and programs to help people build better lives. UNDP has six global goodwill ambassadors, Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane form France, Didier Drogba from Cote d'Ivoire, tennis star Maria Sharapova, Japanese actress Misako Kono, and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
April 5th, a scene of a rock show in the movie "Women aren't bad" was taken in an old factory in Beijing. A grand stage was built in a large area, 500 crazy fans sang and danced with singers Gui Lun Mei, Feng De Lun and Zhou Xun. It was reported this scene was spent about 2 million Yuan.
Due to requirement of the scene, Zhou Xun appeared with white long sweater and short hair. Her right leg worn a cast. Someone said that she was really injured. When filming, fans upheaved her and brought her to the stage. This made her have feeling of the Queen. Dai Qi, Zhou Xun's boyfriend, arrived at the factory because he worried she might be injured in the process of shooting. However, to avoid affecting he mood, he vanished in the crowd.
As a singer in the show is Gui Lun Mei. She enjoyed a singer's feeling very much when performing in front of 500 fans whom uncreasingly called her name. She hoped that she could have opportunity to experience as a singer in the near future.
Gui Lun Mei
E-trans by Mylove@zhouxun.chungta.com
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Wearing an armor-like Chinese suit, Chinese actress and singer Zhou Xun is the cover girl for world's top fashion magazine VOGUE for its May's Chinese edition.
The star flew to London to work with David Sims, a world renowned fashion photographer, in whose eyes Zhou Xun is a "super mini model"
Zhou Xun on cover of VOGUE
During the shooting, Zhou Xun put on the latest fashions by the European top luxury brand Balenciaga, which employed a lot of Chinese-style designs.
As the world's top fashion photographer, David Sims has cooperated with many front-line fashion magazines and created numerous classics. For the cooperation with Zhou Xun, David Sims said, "We soon found understanding for the shooting, and we can easily communicate without speaking, and she is talented and expressive."
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Name: 周迅 / Zhou Xun
Profession: Actress, singer and model
Date of Birth: 1976-Oct-18
Birthplace: Quzhou, Zhejiang, China
Blood type: O
Zhou Xun and top fashion photographer David Sims
Zhou Xun in VOGUE May 2008
The 2nd "National Spirit Achievers Awards" was grandly held in Beijing, in order to praise 10 successful Chinese young people.
Zhou Xun attended the ceremony as a guest.
In the beginning of this year, Zhou Xun received the invitation of Bible, one of the most famous fashion magazine, so she traveled to London with famous photographer David Sim to take some photos for covers of the magazine.
In the journey, Zhou Xun was so impressed by English people's good awareness in Environment protection. It was said that a 20-year-old boy never buys plastic bottle of water, only uses thermos one to contain water. And the story of a small village in Beddington where people have simple life, they don't use electricity but always feel happy and comfortable.
Zhou Xun and Gui Lun Mei in Wang Re Lin's small music show
Zhou Xun goes by underground in London
April 7th, 8 o'clock, Taiwan singer Wang Re Lin had a small music show in a Bar in Beijing. The show welcomed not only fans, media but also famous actresses, Zhou Xun and Gui Lunmei. Many people said they looked like twins with similar glasses and clothes.
Zhou Xun in the banquet in Tang Room Club
BURBERRY creative director Christopher Bailey may have visited China for the very first time last week, but he certainly didn't find himself short of friends during the trip; Vogue China's editorial director, Angelica Cheung, threw a star-studded party in his honour.
Staged in The China Club Tang Room, the 70 guests included Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, actresses Maggie Cheung, Zhang Jing Chu, Zhou Xun, actors Chen Kun and Song Ning as well as models Liu Wen and Du Juan. Following a cocktail reception in the courtyard of private members club The China Club, guests were served a traditional Chinese banquet in the Tang Room and treated to a special performance of Bian Lian, an ancient Chinese dramatic art.
And his warm welcome in Asia isn't the only thing that's got Bailey smiling this week. Burberry has just announced a positive upswing in second half trading figures, with total revenue up 18 per cent and sales revenue up 17 per cent in the six months to March 31 - plus a 12 per cent increase in selling space, which is sure to stand the label in good stead for the next half
Angelica Cheung and Zhou Xun, both in Burberry
Hong Kong audiences like Zhou Xun the most
Before Hong Kong Film Awards 2008, a survey was taken to see among actors got prizes in this award, Hong Kong audiences love whom the most. Recently the result has been announced. According to that, Zhou Xun received 24%, the highest, while the number of moviegoer support Zhang Yi Zi was 10%.
Starting with a small gathering 15 years ago, the Beijing Student Film Festival has become an influential event among college students. Every April, when the festival is held, college students from across China choose their favorite films, actors and actresses from the past year. Before this year's result come out at the end of the month, let's review some of the film industry professionals favored by young students.
No.5 Zhao Wei
At the end of the 1990s, Zhao Wei rocketed to fame for starring in the hit TV series "Princess Pearl". Her character, "Little Swallow", was loved by many for her impish personality. Years later, Zhao displayed seasoned acting skills in "Warriors of Heaven and Earth" and "Night.Shanghai", for which she won "the most popular actress" title at the eleventh and fourteenth Beijing Student Film Festivals.
No.4 Zhou Xun
Without any formal training in acting, Zhou Xun has mastered her roles with natural born talent. Her portrayals are free of traditional acting methods, resulting in lively and varied characters. College students have chosen her as the most popular actress two times, for "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Perhaps Love".
No.3 Huo Jianqi
Huo Jianqi began his film career as an artistic director, remaining in that position for ten years. His debut directorial work, "Winner", came in 1995. The film won five nods at the national Golden Rooster Film Awards, and best debut directorial work at the Beijing Student Film Festival. His 1998 "Postmen in the Mountains" went on to win the "best actor award" at the Student Festival for Liu Ye. Huo has truly become a favorite director among college students, with both of his later films "Love of Blueness" and "Nuan" winning best film awards at the Beijing Student Film Festival.
No.2 Xu Fan
Xu Fan was a stage actress upon graduation from China's Central Academy of Drama. Later she appeared on the big screen in Feng Xiaogang's films "A Sigh" and "Be There or Be Square". Her convincing acting in "Be There or Be Square" won her the most popular actress award at the Beijing Student Film Festival.
No.1 Ge You
Ge You is a favorite actor with Chinese audiences, and holds a special place in the hearts of college students. He has won love and esteem for his unassuming performances and the humor shown in his roles. Ge You has been awarded the "Most Popular Actor" title three times at the Beijing Student Film Festival for his performances in "Part A, Part B", "Big Shots Funeral" and "Cala, My Dog"