Michelle Yeoh opens up on her charitable causes

Michelle Yeoh opens up on her charitable causes
Actress Michelle Yeoh was in Singapore to receive the Singapore International Film Festival’s first Cinema Legend Award.
PHOTO: Lianhe Zaobao

Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh doesn't only make a difference on the big screen by playing strong female characters, but she also wants to a make difference in the real world.

Last week, the United Nations Development Program named her as a Goodwill Ambassador focusing on global development and disaster recovery.

The New York Times said in a report that Yeoh wants to use her influence to bring awareness to disaster recovery efforts. (In 2015, Yeoh was visiting Nepal when the earthquake struck the country.)

The Ipoh-born international star, who can currently be see in Netflix's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny, is no newcomer to charity work.

She holds appointments as Global Ambassador for the Live To Love and Make Roads Safe campaigns. She also advocates the Zero Discrimination Campaign, which promotes everyone's right to live a life of dignity, free from discrimination.

In a phone interview last year, Star2 asked her about her charitable nature.

She responded: "I think this is something that has been instilled in me from very young - from my parents, from school, from being who we are. You learn to share and protect and be compassionate.

"I don't even think about it actually, now that you mention it. It's just second nature; you just do it because it's the right thing to do."

In the same NYT report, Yeoh also said she wants to pursue gender equality and fight against poverty.

She was quoted saying this at the news conference announcing the appointment: "I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether it's because they are born poor, born a woman or born in an area affected by devastation."

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