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  1. How singer shrugged off opera director's rebuff to start his own troupe

    Posted Feb 08th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li, Yan Li

    ... Yan Lixiu was talking to Raymond Li Since his early teens, Yan Lixiu wanted to be an opera singer, but he was told he could never realise his dream because of his smallpox facial scars. Now a successful director of a privately owned art troupe, the 60-year-old describes how he has kept his hopes alive by taking his art troupe to a national audience. How did you begin to take ...

  2. Translator, scholar and patriot Ji Xianlin dies at the age of 97

    Posted Jul 12th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Celebrated linguist, scholar of ancient languages and writer Ji Xianlin died yesterday in Beijing at age 97, according to Peking University, where Professor Ji had worked since 1946. Frequently referred to in the media as a 'national treasure', Professor Ji dedicated much of his working life to studying linguistics and wrote a huge collection of works ...

  3. Not the real deal

    Posted Jan 04th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li The meaning of shanzhai has changed over the years: Literally means 'mountain village' Used to refer to a clan of outlaws in a far-flung mountain outpost or disillusioned farmers who launched uprisings against repressive regimes Later referred to mainland mobile phone knock-offs Now applies to anything that is not original, authentic or professionally ...

  4. Tonight, a chance to hear the real singing voice of Lin Miaoke

    Posted Sep 01st 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Lin Miaoke , the girl who shot to worldwide fame performing a patriotic song at the Olympics opening ceremony which was later revealed to be lip-synched, will show off her real voice on television tonight. She will feature in a China Central Television education programme to teach students how to face disasters. To make the programme more interesting, Miaoke will open ...

  5. Transport official stripped of party posts after lavish funeral for mum

    Posted Dec 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li A senior transport official in Lufeng, Guangdong, has been stripped of his party posts a month after he staged a lavish funeral for his mother. At a gathering of more than 300 officials carefully orchestrated by the municipal government this week, authorities said Xie Pingfa would also be demoted and transferred out of the city's transport department, the Nanfang ...

  6. Netizens debate use of state honours to instil social pride

    Posted Jan 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Mainland internet commentators have been abuzz over a government initiative to inspire an increasingly disillusioned public by creating an honours system similar to Britain's knighthoods and America's Congressional Medal of Honour. Yesterday's People's Daily quoted the Ministry of Personnel as reaffirming the government's commitment ...

  7. Pet lovers fight to save dumped dogs from the butchers

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Animal activists in Zhengzhou, Henan province, are racing against time to rescue pet dogs awaiting slaughter in wet market butcheries after their owners abandoned them because of new pet ownership regulations. It was not clear how many dogs had been abandoned since the rule came into force on October 1 but Ye Hong, director of the Zhengzhou Pet Health Protection ...

  8. in brief

    Posted Mar 31st 2004, 12:00am by Carmen Li

    ... Tom Ford honoured The city of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee have given designer Tom Ford the second Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award. The annual award, launched last year, honours designers for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - Cityseen

    Mainland actress Li Bingbing to be honoured by Madame Tussauds

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen vivian.chen@scmp.com New starring role for actress Li Bingbing - at Madame Tussauds Li Bingbing will be bestowed the honour of being the first mainland actress to be immortalised by Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, the wax-figure museum says. Harbin-born Li, a star of Resident Evil: Retribution , rose to international fame for her performance in last year's Snow ...

  10. Li Bingbing star of the show as Gucci pushes the boat out in Shanghai

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Vivian Chen Gucci creative director Frida Giannini hosted a stellar event in Shanghai for the brand's autumn-winter 2012-13 fashion presentation, which was its first mainland show on such a large scale. The event on Saturday started with a lunch cocktail to unveil a new advertising campaign, starring award-winning actress Li Bingbing, followed by a fashion presentation ...




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