Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Katie Leung on TV tonight!

To UK viewers: Check out Katie Leung (梁佩詩) on Channel 4 tonight! Katie, of Harry Potter fame, is starring in the four-part drama Run, detailing the lives of four unconnected people - or so it seems.  Katie plays Ying, an illegal immigrant from Fujian province trying to make a life in Brixton, London.

Katie hails from Motherwell, Scotland.  Her father is from Hong Kong.  She got her big break in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cho Chang, a student at Hogwarts.  Since then, she has starred in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the one where she gets to kiss Harry!), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2.  Katie went on to star in ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot: Cat among the Pigeons and Wild Swans - a theatre production detailing the life of Jung Chang ( 張戎), a British Chinese Writer.  Katie was also cast by Gold Label Records in the music video Love Coming Home (愛回家) by Leo Ku - who described Katie's acting as professional and mature.

加油 Katie! We look forward to seeing more of you in the future! 


Saturday, 6 July 2013

First Chinese win at Wimbledon!

Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai with their winners trophies after their historic win at Wimbledon (newstimes.com).

Many congratulations to Hsieh Su-Wei (谢淑薇) and Peng Shuai (彭帅) for winning the Women's double match at Wimbledon!  The Taiwanese and Chinese duo won 7-6, 6-1 against Australia's Ashley Barty and Casey Dellaqua, using unconventional play and racket handling to catch their opponents off-guard.  The Australians played a  strong game, with 17-year old Barty making huge smashes, but Hsieh was able to stand her ground at the net and Peng served some strong volleys when needed.  On a few occassions, miscommunication resulted in Hsieh and Peng ending up on the same side of the court.  However, great tactics, great placement and courageous, unconventional game play led to a deserved win.

Peng Shuai hails from Hunan, and has been playing professional tennis since 2001.  In China she is ranked 2nd behind Li Na, and has won two gold medals in the 2010 Asian Games.  Hsieh Su-Wei hails from KaoHsiung and is number one in Taiwan.  Turning professional in 2001, she won gold in the 2005 Asian Games.  Both women had yet to win a title at the WTA, making this a momentous occassion for them and for Asia.  Will they continue this partnership next year? I hope so! 油!