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Even after announcing his “retirement,” Edison Chen and his infamous sex photos continues to catch my attention. Only now, instead of making the most recent headlines of The Los Angeles Times and ABC News, he’s being “sighted” in more unexpected places and ways.
Edison Sighting #1: The other day while listening to Live 105’s The Woody Show on my way to work, a caller brought up the whole Edison Chen sex photo scandal during a long discussion about taking photos/video taping your sexual escapades and saving it unbeknown-st to other person. Though the woman did not remember the names and was pretty vague in her description of the scandal, it was obvious that Edison was now also hitting the radio airwaves in the U.S.
Edison Sighting #2: Earlier this week, a former colleague from The Agency sent me this link.
Apparently, an e-mail is circulating through out the Chinese speaking world that has translated Edison’s press conference statement (which was spoken in English) into Chinese. On top of that, key words and phrases have been highlighted and explained in further detail.
PR Notes: In my original analysis of Edison’s crisis communication strategies, I was dumbfounded as to why he use English in his first on-line plea for people to stop circulating the images. A week later, I was again perplexed as to why he would use English in during his press conference in Hong Kong.
Based on logical common sense, wasn’t it obvious that it would have been more appropriate for Edison to speak in Cantonese, since his audience (the people who have followed the scandal from the beginning and probably care the most) speaks Chinese? It almost felt like he was catering to the foreign press, which really should have been the least of his concerns.
Concluding: But in retrospect, I suppose that forcing Chinese people everywhere to learn English and translate his statement was his first “act of charity” since his departure from Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.
See below for the E-mail:
Special thanks to Thomas Crampton for his originally posting the e-mail.
1. Today I have come back to Hong Kong to stand before you and account for myself. I have never escaped from my responsibility. During the past few weeks, I have been with my mother and my family and my loved ones to show support and care and at the same time to have them support and care for me.
account for 1) 说明，解释；2) 占…比例
escape from从…逃脱, 推卸责任
escape＝es(ex=out) + cape(catch)
2. I admit that most of the photos being circulated on the Internet were taken by me. But these photos are very private and have not been shown to people and are never intended to be shown to anyone. These photos were stolen from me illegally and distributed without my consent.
circulate = circul(circle圆圈) + ate v.循环，流通
intend to v.打算去…
illegal = il(not) + legal (合法的) + ly adv.违法地
单词组记: distribute, contribute, attribute, tribute
distribute = dis(away)+ tribute(give) = give away vt.分发，传播
contribute = con(fully) + tribute vt.贡献; 投稿 [助记]全部都给了
attribute to v.归因于
tribute n.贡品，颂词 [助记] 给国王的礼物
单词组记:consent, dissent, resent, sentimental
consent = con(共同)+ sent(=sense情感) n.赞同，同意＝agreement
dissent = dis(not) + sent n.不同意 [助记]不同的情感 = disagreement
resent = re(against) + sent n.憎恨 [助记] 相对抗的情感= hatred
3. There is no doubt whoever obtained these photos have them uploaded on the Internet with malicious and deliberate intent. This matter has deteriorated to the extent that society as a whole has been affected by this. In this regard, I am deeply saddened. I would like now to apologize to all the people for all the suffering that has been caused and the problems that have arisen from this. I would like to apologize to all the ladies and to all their families for any harm or hurt that they have been feeling. I am sorry. I would like to also apologize to my mother and my father for the pain and suffering I have caused them during the past few weeks. Most importantly, I would like to say sorry to all the people of Hong Kong. I give my apology sincerely to you all, unreservedly and with my heart.
malice = mal + ice(冰) n.恶意;【律】预谋, 蓄意 [助记]在路上放一块冰，想让陈冠希滑倒，这是有预谋的恶意伤害。
malicious= malice(恶意) + ious(形容词) a.恶意的
maltreat = mal + treat(对待) vt.虐待
单词组记: libra天平, deliberate, liberate, liberty, libertine, libido
deliberate = de(强调) + libera(=libra) + ate a. 深思熟虑的, 故意的 [助记] 把你的想法放在天平上称量，引申为深思熟虑的，深思熟虑的结果当然是故意的
liberate = liber (自由=libera)+ ate vt.解放(让人民获得自由)
自由和天平有什么关系呢？ 天平的作用是让两边重量相等，平等。解放全人类不就是让人民平等吗？人民解放军PLA：People’s Liberation Army liberation的职责就是解放全中国让中国人民平等自由
单词组记:deteriorate,interior, exterior, territory
deteriorate = de(down) + terior(土地) +ate(动词) v.使恶化; 败坏(风俗); 使变坏(品质等) [助记] 品格败坏的人就应该入土活埋。
to the extent 到了….程度
in this regard 在这一点上 = in this case
sadden = sad + d + en vt.使人悲哀
strengthen = strength(strong的名词) + en vt.加强（力量）
weaken = weak + en vt.削弱
lengthen = length(long的名词) + en vt.延长
enlighten= en + light + en vt.启蒙；（用思想）照亮
unreservedly = un + reserved(保留的) + ly(副词) adv.毫无保留地
4. I know young people in Hong Kong look up to many figures in our society. And in this regard, I have failed. I failed as a role model. However, I wish this matter will teach everyone a lesson. To all the young people in our community, let this be a lesson for you all. This is not an example to be set for you.
look up to 仰望，尊重= respect
look down upon/on 鄙视，瞧不起=despise
role model 榜样
5. During my time away, I have made an important decision. I will whole-heartedly fulfill all commitments that I have to date. But after that, I decided to step away from HK entertainment industry. I have decided to do this to give myself an opportunity to heal myself and to search my soul. I will dedicate my time to charity and community work within the next few months. I will be away from Hong Kong entertainment industry indefinitely. There is no time frame.
whole-heatedly 全心全意地; single-mindedly一心一意地
fulfill one’s commitment vt.履行…的诺言
dedicate to 把…奉献给,投身于…
charity = char(=care关心)+ ity (名词) n.慈善，慈善事业 [助记]关心穷人就是做慈善
6. I have been assisting the police since the first day the photos were published and I will continue to assist them. After this press con., I have obligation to help them with their investigation and hope that this case can end soon as everyone I think has the same wish.
Press con. = press conference 新闻发布会
press free. = press freedom 言论自由
7. I would like to use this opportunity to thank the police for their hard work on this case. Thank you.. I believe everyone’s priority now (and) my priority now is to stop the suffering and pain, for not letting this…we do not want to let this situation become more out of control. We need to protect all the innocents and all the young from matters like this. In this regard, I have instructed my lawyers to do everything possible within the law to protect all the innocents, victims of this case. I believe that a press statement is being issued as we speak on what my lawyers have advised me to do.
单词组记:prior to, priority
pri = pre是一个拉丁前缀表示before
[书面]prior to = [口语]before
小翻译 : 在你离开之前,请完成这项工作.
Prior to your departure, please complete this task.
小翻译: 预先警告/通知 prior warning/notice.
priority = prior + ity(名词) n.优先考虑的事情, 优先权
单词组忆: victor, victory, victim
victor =vict + or(人) n.胜利者, 征服者
victim = vict + im(我是) [助记]我是被征服了，当然就成了n.受害人，牺牲品
innocent = in + no + cent(一分钱) [助忆]兜里没有一分钱, 所以没有偷窃, 是无辜的 a. 无辜的, 天真的
8. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for coming here today and listening to what I have to say. I would like to also apologize once again to all the ladies and their families, my family and to everyone in Hong Kong and everyone in our society. I am deeply saddened by this. And I apologize to everyone (who) has to go through this. I would like to also thank you for giving me this opportunity to say what I have wanted to say all along in my heart.
I hope, after today, I can have your forgiveness. With regard to this case, with everything, everything that has happened, I am deeply sorry.. I hope you all accept my apology and give me a chance. Thank you.
[书]with regard to关于= [口]about