Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fan's obsession with Andy Lau ends in tragedy

A bizarre story that is the talk of Hong Kong and a case of what happens when celebrity worship gets out of control.

30 year-old Yang Li Jian from Lanzhou, China, has been an obsessive fan of Andy Lau since the age of 19. Her parents had apparently tried their best to help their child 'move on' from her obsession but to no avail. Her devotion was so extreme that her parents ended up borrowing money in order to travel to Hong Kong to attend an Andy Lau event where - they hoped - Li Jian would be able to not just meet her idol but also be able to speak to him.

In fact, all that happened was that Andy Lau posed for a photo with his besotted fan. For the desperate father, the disappointment was too much to bear...

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Anonymous said...

First, on our local media coverage on the the issue. Then on political perspective.

Heard from the radio yesterday, the woman continues with her idol chase, disregarding her father's funeral.

But footages of her crying over the death of her father was shown in the news, later in the evening.

This is a classic example of "emotional immaturity".

It happens when the heart is the lord of you.

Unreasonable emotional desire should be nipped in the bud when it first started in a child. Failure to contain it would result in growing power of the emotion.

Emotion is also known as "energy in motion". It has to be controlled. Otherwise, it will control you.

For this case, I think Ms. Yang had been totally consumed by her desire - a manifestation of emotional requirement on a person. And the father was capitulated by his own emotional weakness too - his love for his daughter.

Overly acquiescence to desire would end up in tragedy.

So, when students (daughter) start to make unreasonable demands to the government (father), they (daughter's desire) had to be suppressed or things end up in tragedy.

It may hurt for a start. But it's necessary. In the case of large protests, it may end up in tragedy but without suppressing them, it may end up in even bigger tragedy - national anarchy.

burntbreadboy said...

It does seem like 'common sense' wasn't used in this case and it seems bizarre that a simple thing like being the fan of a move star can escalate to such an insane degree. But I also wonder if China's one-child culture has played a part in this? I have heard parents on the Mainland will allow themselves to be ruled by their child, because they can only have one. Did these parents feel they couldn't say no to their daughter? If so, it's a bad situation for all concerned.