Monday, August 30, 2010

Jackie Chan's Statement to the Two Nations Address

Yesterday (August 29), legendary actor Jackie Chan made a clarification statement to the people of Hong Kong and the Philippines. It was a letter discouraging everyone from hatred and racial backlashes. The embarrassing hostage crisis in Luneta, as a result of Filipino police incompetence and the idiocy of the Philippine media, is not enough reason to hate each other.

Here's the letter from Jackie Chan's official website:

First of all, I’d like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims in Hong Kong affected by the tragedy in the Philippines. Maybe what I said wasn’t very clear and it was misunderstood. The content in my Twitter account was posted by my American assistant on my behalf, but after interpretation the posts did not entirely capture what I truly meant to say. 

What happened to the Hong Kong tourists in the Philippines - being taken hostage and then killed - was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy. I am 100% Chinese and I’m from Hong Kong. I feel grief and pain for the Hong Kong citizens who lost their lives during this unfortunate incident, and I deeply sympathize with the families who have lost their loved ones. I sincerely hope that those injured during the ordeal will get well soon. 

What I wanted to convey was that I won’t hate Filipino people as a result of this tragic incident. There are several hundred thousand Filipinos working in Hong Kong, and there are quite a few Hong Kong people working in the Philippines as well. If we start hating each other, it will cause great damage to both Hong Kong and the Philippines.

As for whether or not the Filipino police in charge of the incident should be held responsible for not handling the situation appropriately, of course I don’t need to comment on this matter; this should be left to the experts in this area. 

If I have caused any misunderstanding or discontent because of my incomplete thoughts and feelings posted on Twitter, I would like to express my deepest and most sincere apology.

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