With celebrities around the globe, we thought it was time to go to China to take a look at some of the celebrities over there. After all, the world is now flat, and in these post-modern times everybody has an increased position on the global stage. In what can only be described as a brave act of open-mindedness not seen since Marlon Brando’s performance in Apocalypse Now, we have decided to look to China for our favorite celeb sightings.
China is growing at a rapid rate, with 8% annual growth predicted for 2014. And the crazy part is that this actually represents a slow-down from the year-on-year growth of 10 percent that the country experienced for nearly 3 decades prior. The luxury goods market is growing fast, Mercedes being sold at an all-time high, celebrities are on the streets.
By far our favorite Chinese celebrity sighting involves not a Chinese celebrity but an American one- Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. A little over a year ago, pics were snapped of him as he strolled through Shanghai and, best of all, he even got in the background of a cop propaganda film. Now lets take a look at some other Chinese celebrities, and what they have been doing. Ready? Good, let’s go!
Perhaps the most famous Chinese celebrity is Fan BingBing, a beautiful Chinese actress who has appeared in a number of films since the early 2000s and whose income topped 17 million USD over the past year. Not too shabby, BingBing! In spite of the high salary that she commands, Fan is actually a sucker for budget foods. For example, this past holiday season she was spotted standing in line at Yang’s dumplings in Shanghai. For those who don’t know, Yang’s is a dumpling shop that makes the Shanghai specialty soup dumpling, and sells them for only 6 yuan for 4. They are tasty, cheap, and apparently endorsed by Fan BingBing! Can’t lose!
On the topic of dumplings, we also have Xi Jinping, China’s president. Jingping recently made headlines when he visited dumpling shop in Beijing and purchased pork dumplings. In doing this, Xi helped to establish himself as “one of the people” and not simply an elected official who is distanced from his constituency. Four small pork dumpings for Xi, but a giant step of Chinese politics, which for once has a moment not full of scandal and corruption, but a simple, non-controversial and everyday action. And while the price tag of just over 3 USD might not seem like much to us, rest assured that represents a significant share of cash for most ordinary Chinese. Check The Atlantic for more on the symbolic meaning of this story.
Another recent celebrity sighting in Hong Kong was that of Mark Wahlberg. This sighting comes from a friend of ours, who was apparently in Hong Kong on a business trip for his Asia-based company and reports that Wahlberg is in the country for the filming of Transformers: Age of Extinction. According to witnesses, Wahlberg was scruffy and lean, and appeared to have toned down some from his recent move appearance as a steroid dealer. Filming in Hong Kong for the third and likely final Transformers movie is set to conclude in March of 2014, although some sources say that its crew is eyeing an even earlier shutdown.