Tuesday, July 12
We were told on Monday that we would be having a guest lecture by a very famous person the next day. Prof Xie refused to tell us who it was in case we brought all our friends, and at the time we were all skeptical. Who could it be? Would we even know this person? At the time, no-one suspected that the special guest would be world-famous martial arts movie star JET LIIIIII asdfklasdflkjsalfjadlfkj!!!
Li is renowned for his wushu skills but the topic of his talk was about his work in charity and public welfare. After he and his daughters almost lost their lives while vacationing in the Maldives during the 2004 tsunami, he founded the One Foundation (which encourages the donation of one Chinese yuan), an NGO which funds disaster relief among other issues. His guiding principles are wisdom and compassion, the two core teachings of his Buddhist religion.
The man himself looked older than in the movies, and he seemed to be developing a bit of a belly. But you could tell from the energy and agility of his movements that he was highly skilled physically, and his shiny eyes darted around the room with a speed uncharacteristic of his age. His English wasn’t fantastic but his charisma and sincerity were clearly conveyed. His message was that everyone can do something, because collectively we can be strong given a platform through which we can help others with donations of any quantity. He believes that young people can use technology to spread love and support to anyone who needs it, and is highly optimistic about the future.
Still can’t get over the fact that we got to see Jet Li and his daughter Jane!