Crusading for human rights

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 August, 2006, 12:00am

Before Teresa Cheung Siu-wai can realise her goal of becoming a a Hollywood movie star, she has another mission in Los Angeles. Believe it or not, the socialite-turned-actress has been promoting human rights on her website - telling us all to eradicate poverty and hunger.

This is perhaps why the Los Angeles-based group Youth for Human Rights International gave her a human-rights and youth-hero award. She was even listed as an 'Asian celebrity' on its website.

'When I was young, I asked my dad what human rights are,' she told Oriental Daily. 'I realised that choosing to live in Toronto is also considered a human right. After I got this award, I would go to all the primary and secondary schools around the world to promote human rights.'

Cheung, who has signed on a new manager, revealed that she has landed some TV and movie roles, adding: 'My real life is a better watch than a movie.'

How's her career faring? Cheung's official website says she played a female lead in an American Film Institute cinematography graduate's thesis and had a very small role in a film called Oranges by Joseph Merhi. It also says that singing is one of her skills.