Zhang Ziyi and China's Celebrity - Philanthropy Scandals

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dc.contributor.author Jeffreys, E
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:35:37Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 2011, 8 (1), pp. 1 - 21
dc.identifier.issn 1449-2490
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19038
dc.description.abstract In January 2010, the internationally acclaimed Chinese actor, Zhang Ziyi, became a focus of public criticism for allegedly defaulting on a pledge to donate one million yuan to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake disaster-relief fund. That earthquake not only killed 70,000 people and left five million homeless, but also produced a dramatic rise in individual and corporate philanthropy in China. Philanthropic donations in 2008 amounted to a total figure of 100 billion yuan, exceeding the documented total for the preceding decade. Zhangs `failed pledge led fans and critics to accuse her in interactive media forums of both charity fraud and generating a nationwide crisis of faith in the philanthropic activities of the rich and famous. Dubbed `donation-gate, the ensuing controversy obliged Zhang Ziyi to hire a team of USA-based lawyers, to give an exclusive interview to the China Daily, and to engage in renewed philanthropic endeavours, in an effort to clear her name. Hence, contrary to claims that celebrity philanthropy is an apolitical mode of philanthropy, an examination of the Zhang Ziyi scandal and its disaster-relief precursors demonstrates that celebrity philanthropy in the Peoples Republic of China is a political affair.
dc.publisher UTSePress
dc.subject China, Philanthropy, Scandals, Donations
dc.subject China, Philanthropy, Scandals, Donations
dc.title Zhang Ziyi and China's Celebrity - Philanthropy Scandals
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 8
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 21 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2002 Cultural Studies
dc.personcode 011199 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords China, Philanthropy, Scandals, Donations en_US
dc.description.keywords China, Philanthropy, Scandals, Donations
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 011199 en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


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