Super Girl is Time magazine hero
Updated: 2005-10-08 07:53
"Super Girl" winner Li
Yuchun, with her tomboy-style hair and a shy smile, appears on the cover of the
latest edition of Time Asia Magazine, issued on Monday, as one of the 25 Asia
Heroes of 2005.
Six people from China were on the Asia Hero list, including
actress Zhang Jingchu who played the heroine in the Silver Bear Award winning
movie "Peacock" at this year's Berlin Film Festival and Taiwan dance artist Lin
Hwai-min who founded the Cloud Gate Dance Theater.
The other Asia Heroes are from Japan, India, Thailand, Malaysia and South
Korea, including volunteers who helped search for missing people in last year's
havoc caused by tsunami.
Time said the 21-year-old Li, a pop singing major at the Sichuan Conservatory
of Music, has become a new pop icon for her boyish charm and unconventional
Li polled more than 3.5 million votes via cell phone text messages at the
finals of "Super Girl," the Chinese version of "American Idol."
The gala finale attracted about 400 million viewers, nearly one-third of
According to the magazine, the influence brought by the "Li Yuchun
phenomenon" goes far beyond her voice in China. Her "attitude, originality and a
proud androgyny" are challenging the country's traditional customs.
Time said actress Zhang, "with her taste for traditionally inspired dress and
her reverence for ancient Chinese aphorisms," may be a perfect ambassador for
Described by Time as "Asia's synthesizing dance genius," dancer Lin's outdoor
performance in Taipei could attract an audience of more than 60,000.
It is the fourth consecutive year the magazine has elected Asia Heroes.
The listed heroes are considered brave, courageous, persistent and can
Last year, Athens Olympics champion Liu Xiang and prima ballerina Tan
Yuanyuan from China were on the list.