In 2010, Discovery launched a nationwide search for candidates for "Portraits: China" and viewers cast votes online for five heroes who personify the dreams of modern China. These 5 heroes are Yang Liping - an incredible dancer who used her dance to preserve the dance culture of ethnic minorities. Dr Shi Zhengrong, a global leader in solar technology and founder of Suntech Power, the world's largest producer of solar panels; Jackie Chan, focusing on his charity; Zhi Nanshan, an academic who was at the center of the 2003 anti-SARS campaign; and Team China, which refers to five individuals whose efforts contributed to China's success in the 2008 Olympics. This documentary will be aired in China on 26 TV stations starting on December 22nd, and will also be aired in over 200 other countries and regions on the Discovery Channel.
CHINA'S modern-day heroes in science, medicine, culture and sports are profiled in a series of five documentaries produced by the Discovery Channel and starting to air from Thursday.
"Portraits of China," to be aired on the Shanghai Documentary Channel at 11pm every Thursday, aims to capture the dreams of a nation through the achievements of modern-day heroes.
The portraits include Yang Liping, a world-famous dancer who is using dance to preserve China's tribal culture; Dr Shi Zhengrong, a global leader in solar clean-tech; world-renowned kung fu star and philanthropist Jackie Chan; Zhong Nanshan, a leading virologist trying to bring modern medicine to the masses and build a healthier China; and Team China, which refers to five individuals whose efforts contributed to China's success in the 2008 Olympics.
Dancer and choreographer Yang created an award-winning trilogy of musicals showcasing folk traditions of various ethnic groups in Yunnan Province.
Dr Shi, scientist, entrepreneur and environmentalist, has developed cost-efficient solar panels and built an empire that aims to rival oil conglomerates. Behind China's Olympic success is a massive, state-sponsored sports program that includes special schools for gifted youth and an ultra high-tech sports science program.
The Team China episode features five individuals - a young athlete, a local official, coach, sports scientist and superstar athlete - who epitomize the formidable gold-medal system.
The Jackie Chan episode shows how the charismatic movie star is turning himself into a philanthropist.
Dr Zhong, a leading specialist in respiratory disease, dreams of making modern medicine accessible to China's vast rural population.
"We are bringing to our viewers China's amazing stories of development and progress through these outstanding individuals who are contributing to their country's unprecedented growth in their own unique way," says Tom Keaveny, president and managing director of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.
In 2010, Discovery launched a nationwide search for candidates for "Portraits China" and viewers cast votes online for five heroes who personify the dreams of modern China.
In addition to the series, 30 of the most remarkable stories submitted by viewers about their own dreams will also be broadcast, five or six following each episode of "Portraits of China."
SOURCE: SHANGHAI DAILY.COM
From January 2011:
The Discovery Channel is launching a nationwide search for suitable candidates for the series, in cooperation with SINA.com, one of China's major portal sites. The candidates should be iconic Chinese individuals who personify the dreams of modern day China, whether through their personalities, abilities, achievements, or areas of expertise, while reflecting the spirit of a country that is part of a global community.
Yang Liping dancing: