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
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
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
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
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
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)