June 10, 2007
By computer-angel · Posted in Articles, Reviews

I came across this article featured at Yesasia’s YumCha! a couple of weeks ago. While the article was noteworthy of being briefly sweet concise of Shu Qi’s film career, there are a few items that I totally disagree of.

First of all, the title (Shu Qi: My Wife Was a Porn Star) was obviously a sensationalized one and did not even embody the contents of the article. As an expectant reader you would initially assume that the article is an analysis of Shu Qi’s struggle and hardship from coming out as an unknown pretty body and face out of Taiwan into the murky waters of Hong Kong cinema. But this part only covered a quarter of the article content, and the article just stated the facts, and is not an in-depth analysis of how Shu Qi struggled from this rag-doll phase to superstardom.

Second, because the title did not totally reflect the content of the article, the title obviously reflected a bias from the side of the author. Usage of the phrase “Porn Star” embodies a lot of responsibility as a professional writer. Therefore, to me, as a regular reader, I perceived the author’s negative bias of Shu Qi with the unresponsible way he has used a title for his article. The title is pop– it is tops, it is sensationalized, it would make you want to read the article once you read the title — for me this is such a cheap trick.

Third, Shu Qi’s first name is “Qi“, not “Shu” (note: 7th paragraph where the author used “Shu”). Alright, if the writer is writing about a star with a Western name convention (first name, last name), it is alright to do this. For example: using Angelina Jolie, and referring to Jolie in latter paragraphs would be fine. But for a Chinese star whose popular name is in the format last name, first name, this confuses the reader. The unknown reader would assume that Shu might be the first name, and that the writer made an error.

The article content is alright. It is sweet and concise. My feedback to YesAsia’s editors would be to watch out for some cheap sensationalism in the title, and careful reference to non-Western name conventions.

Read the article about Shu Qi here.


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2 Comments

  1. June 24, 2007 @ 2:45 pm


    YesAsia probably received a lot of comments about the title of the article. They have changed it to “Shu Qi: A Cinderella Story”.

    Posted by Computer Angel
  2. August 8, 2008 @ 2:49 pm


    that’s nice of you to actually care doing something about it. I admire your work here at shuqiworld.com C-A, hope you’re doing fine and someday will get something worth the effort.

    About the article, i agree with you that the choice of topic for this article was rather dull actually. As you said it did not really reflect the content of the article and made an overall negative feeling about it.

    Thanks again for you’re work, it’s alot appreciated.

    Posted by Eric Dolph

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