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Jackie Chan makes peace mission to Thailand and Cambodia


Jackie Chan makes peace mission to Thailand and Cambodia

Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor, philanthropist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, recently embarked on a mission to promote peace in Thailand and Cambodia as part of the 3rd ASEAN event series “Bridges – Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace”.

Actor Jackie Chan comforts street children at the Mercy Center in Bangkok’s Klong Toey slum district during his recent visit to Thailand.
The visit was facilitated by the International Peace Foundation and included keynote speeches by Jackie Chan on how arts and culture can contribute towards peace.
In Thailand, the socially committed action star and philanthropist spoke enthusiastically about his devotion to charity and world peace to several hundred students at the New International School of Thailand. Drawing upon his famous acting style which ingeniously combines martial arts with drama and comedy, he also conducted an energetic drama class with the students whose eyes responded with thrill and admiration to each of his words and movements.
The lecture was followed by a visit to the children and patients at Mercy Centre, a home and shelter for orphans, street children and adults living with HIV/AIDS. At the centre he joined hands with the patients, sketched art with school children and sang and danced with the kids of the Mercy Centre kindergarten.
Jackie Chan’s Thailand visit peaked in an appearance at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club where he delivered what was described an “impassionate” speech. The action star vividly enchanted his listeners with personal anecdotes in which he called on everybody’s responsibility to practice respect and mutual understanding towards one another.
During his visit to Bangkok he was also received by Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra and met with Thailand’s UNICEF Youth Ambassador and actress Anne Thongprasom. On invitation of the International Peace Foundation he will return to Thailand next year with a charity concert promoting a culture of peace which will involve some of Asia’s most famous artists.
After his visit to Thailand, Jackie Chan headed to Cambodia to continue his peace mission for “Bridges”. He joined a concert of the Southeast Asian Television channel and performed along with the most well-known Cambodian singers. Chan’s visit to Cambodia also included keynote speeches at the International School of Phnom Penh and the University of Cambodia. In front of inspired audiences he talked about our common responsibility of reaching out to people in need and becoming involved in charitable causes for the betterment of humankind.
His wholehearted commitment to peace and charitable work was acknowledged by the University of Cambodia awarding him an honorary doctorate degree in humanity. Jackie Chan’s Cambodia visit also comprised a reception at the Council of Ministers with Deputy Prime Minister Sok An during which the actor raised the intention of producing a movie in Cambodia to create awareness and support for the victims of landmines.
Jackie Chan’s appearances in Thailand and Cambodia are part of the 3rd ASEAN “Bridges” series which involves 50 events continuously running in the two countries until April 2010. The program includes the participation of Nobel Laureates for Peace such as East Timor President Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta as well as Nobel Laureates for Economics, Physics, Chemistry and Medicine. Hollywood film director Oliver Stone and classical pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy are also part of the program.
The detailed program of all upcoming “Bridges” events is available on the website www.peace-foundation.net. (PR International Peace Foundation)


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