FORE GIRLS #1 via ISSUU – Aug 2013: Special Feature
The classic character of Xiaolongnu in the Hong Kong 80s TV series The Return of the Condor Heroes was made for Idy Chan. Her portrayal of this role made her a household name throughout Asia. Despite the cold exterior of the character, she was classy, elegant and feisty and played to perfection by Idy and the critics just loved her. While Idy Chan is no longer in the showbiz limelight, she has still been very active diverting her energy into charitable causes in remote regions of China, trying to help others less fortunate in the spirit of humanity.
A HELPING HEART
When asked why she became a volunteer worker, she was quick to point out that, actually, she as an organizer rather than a volunteer. A volunteer is someone who joins an organization to help others where as she organizes and manages charity projects allowing her to personally choose the direction in which to help others.
She believed that helping others was an important cause and one should do so with conviction rather just for the sake of it. In 2008, while organizing a charity event, friends suggested her that she should set up schools in these remote regions to provide that local children with access to education. What seemed like a logical step was not the appropriate one as she witnessed many schools had been built by others but the demand was not there, simply because there were not enough children to fill the schools. So, now with the benefit of hindsight, Idy will assess the needs of the region to establish what will really make a difference to their lives. Idy has managed to successfully continue doing charity work by benefiting from the people she surrounds herself with, people who can see potential in and hence will support and sponsor them so that they can fulfill their potential.
Under the tutelage of her mentor, she explains, she has changed a great deal and her experience in this field of work has led her to respect those who do this for living even more. She recognized this work to be both mentally and physically tiring and in order to help others, you first help yourself. Over the years she has seen much hardship while on her travels and now looks at life in a very different perspective.
One important lesson learnt is that after speaking with people from these remote areas and hearing their daily struggles and hardship, it is important to project a positive outlook, only then you can truly help them.
Idy has spent much time studying theology and psychology in an effort to improve herself, particularly for her work. With greater understanding of herself and life, she feels she can make a greater impact on the lives of those she is trying to help.
FROM MOVIE STAR TO SAMARITAN
Idy came from humble beginnings in a district called Tiu Leng Keng in Hong Kong and took her first step into the entertainment industry at the tender age of sixteen when she enrolled in a school for performing arts. Her ambition was never to become a major star but simply to gain experience. As fate would have it, she was very lucky from an early stage and given many opportunities. Despite the success of her signature role of Xiaolongnu, she is proudest of her role in another lesser-known TV series that showed her range and tested her as an actress yet gave her less recognition.
Having let the industry for many years, she has been very much forgotten by the general public. To help her charity work, she often takes a picture of herself with the still prominent and famous Hong Kong superstar and former co-star Andy Lau to remind people of her past acting career. Most recently, Idy has stepped back in the limelight to once again increase her profile and boost support for her charity work.
Her charity work has been considered a success. However, Idy believes there is always room for improvement and one should never be too easily satisfied. You must always strive to better yourself and over achieve, only then can you truly excel in what you do. It is her persistence and support from her family that has kept her driven throughout the years but she recognizes the need to have realistic goals and not to dwell on the unachievable, otherwise you just end up achieving nothing in the end. Luckily for Idy, this has not happened and she continues today as she has done so many years ago with the same drive and spirit.
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15 years ago this week (Jan 18th, exactly) Chan Yuk Lin Online (CYLO) started with an internet search when I first learned how to type Idy’s name in Chinese. The site first resided on my student web account at school, and moved around from many free web hosts with different URLs. Finally, the domain name created in April 2009. Here’s to the next 15 years…?
…And after 30 years long, Andy Lau is still shy admitting his desire to work with his “SLL” Idy Chan: HERE
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Idy Chan no longer wishes people to remember her as Little Dragon Girl 小龍女 SLL “Being SLL for so many years, doesn’t fit with my age, the truth is no one is otherworldly.” On her comeback in “Silver…” 《名媛望族》 which premiered today, she would like to send her gratitude to Damian Lau “He has treated me as a rookie, but I don’t mind because we work as a team, so one’s performance has great impact on others. I’m a carefree person, but my character is miserable, so he told me to put myself into the character, but also needs to hang out or interact with other cast mates off screen.”
Because of her work in remote areas, many often think she’s already exiting the showbiz “Every time when people called me, I am often in the remote region, but I also needs to eat [earn money], so if the scripts are right and the timing work out, I would like to act.” She explained further “Even though, we’re not affiliated with organization, you can call us “Free and Unfettered”, but it’s not easy as it seems. There’s one occasion, parent of 1 girl that we had agreed to bring her in didn’t trust us, and want their child back even checking my background on the internet.” Currently, we foster 6 girls aged 14-17 teaching them everything from English to pass on the charity mission.
Hoping to film comedy.
Idy expressed the hope to able to do comedy “I would love to film a comedy, doesn’t matter who’s the costar, if the character is right, even working with Andy Lau again would be no problem”. When mentioned that Andy has agreed to film for TVB, Idy heartily laughed “He’s more likely to film idol drama, I like to film comedy but it’s all the same goal.”