Chinese actor Jackie Chan’s planned visit to Vietnam to join Operation Smile Vietnam’s 30th anniversary event has sparked anger on Vietnamese social media due to his support of the Chinese nine-dash line in illustrations of the East Sea, the local media reported.
According to a report by The Saigon Times Daily, many comments on the medical charity’s Facebook page protested the invitation extended to Jackie Chan to attend the event as a guest. Operation Smile Vietnam has since removed the poster featuring the actor.
Asked for opinions on the issue at a press meeting today, November 7, Ngo Toan Thang, deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he was not aware of the social media protests against the invitation extended to Jackie Chan, but stressed Vietnam has sufficient historical and legal evidence of its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes in the East Sea, in line with international law.
Operation Smile Vietnam noted that Chan had been invited to the event because he has been a global Smile Ambassador for the past 10 years. The charity did not confirm whether the Chinese celebrity would attend its anniversary event on November 14.
Jackie Chan, originally Chan Kong-sang, (born April 7, 1954, Hong Kong), Hong Kong-born Chinese stuntman, actor, and director whose perilous acrobatic stunts and engaging physical humour made him an action-film star in Asia and helped to bring kung fu movies into the mainstream of American cinema.
According to abnews24, his estranged gay daughter and her partner claim they have been homeless and have been sleeping under a bridge “due to homophobic parents”. Etta Ng, 18, and her girlfriend Andi Autumn posted a short video to YouTube last week claiming that they have run out of options because their friends and family have refused to offer them support, reports people.com.
“We have been homeless for a month due to homophobic parents. We pretty much slept under a bridge, and other things,” Ng said.