Actress not afraid to get her hands dirty in poverty fight

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 July, 2010, 12:00am


When local actress-model JuJu Chan Yuk-wan took part in the Miss United Nation International Pageant in the US last year, she told the audience she wanted to help in the battle against poverty.

Although it sounded clich?d, Chan followed through when she got back to Hong Kong - she participated in an RTHK reality show that had her living in a Sham Shui Po cage home for five days. She then volunteered at the Society for Community Organisation as a mentor for other underprivileged children.

'Everyone knows there are poor people, but I don't think people understand exactly how underprivileged some others are until they witness it with their own eyes,' said Chan, who also did a stint as a dish washer at a cha chaan teng.

Chan said the experience opened her eyes, and she's releasing a book about it. Titled To Live a Beautiful Life, the memoir chronicles her experience in Sham Shui Po as well as her relationships with her family. She'll be appearing at the Book Fair today for two events: a tour of the fair with children at 11am and a book signing at 7.15pm.

The busy artist, who divides her time between Hong Kong and the United States, will also be releasing her first hip hop album next month.

'The album is done and was originally scheduled for a July release,' she said. 'But that clashed with the book release.'