Wed, Jan 26, 2011
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Jet Li confirms he's Singaporean

ACTION superstar Jet Li has publicly confirmed that he's taken up Singapore citizenship - because of the absence of paparazzi here.

Jet Li is Singaporean
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Li was at the 21st International Association for Volunteer Effort World Volunteer Conference yesterday.

Jet Li wants his kids to be bilingual

Chinese gongfu superstar Jet Li confirmed yesterday that he had become a Singapore citizen, and said he wanted his children to receive a bilingual education here.

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"My children can have good bilingual education with social stability, and my children will not be harassed by journalists and reporters," he said in Mandarin.

Li, who was here to attend the 21st International Association for Volunteer Effort World Volunteer Conference, also expressed amusement at the massive public interest in his latest migration.

"It is funny because I have been holding a United States passport and living in the US for 20 years, and nobody said anything about it," he said.

"Now I come to Singapore, everybody seems to be curious to know why I'm coming here."

The Beijing-born Li did not say whether he had renounced his US and Chinese nationalities, but Singapore law forbids citizens from holding dual passports.

He said he decided to settle down in Singapore because of its security and education system, which places equal emphasis on the teaching of English and Chinese.

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