November 13, 2008

NOT HER ROOTS, THEIR REGIME:

Outrage as China's leading lady defects to Singapore (Clifford Coonan, 12 November 2008, Independent)

China's leading lady Gong Li, best known in Britain for her role in Memoirs of a Geisha, is being accused of treason by her irate countrymen for becoming a Singaporean citizen.

The 43-year-old actress embodies Chinese womanhood in the way Helen Mirren sets British hearts racing, or the way Catherine Deneuve is an icon in France, so her decision to take Singaporean citizenship was always bound to cause trouble.

State media ran images of the actress with her hand on her heart being sworn in at a ceremony alongside 149 others at the Teck Ghee Community Club in the island state, which has a large Chinese community. Her husband is the Singapore businessman Ooi Hoe Seong, whom she married in 1996.

Angry webizens said Ms Gong was betraying her Chinese roots.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2008 7:33 AM
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