Singer Jam Hsiao named out­stand­ing young per­son

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese Man­dopop singer Jam Hsiao ( ) was rec­og­nized Mon­day as the coun­try’s most out­stand­ing young per­son this year in the field of cul­ture and the arts.

The 28-year-old star was named one of the Ten Out­stand­ing Young Per­sons of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan), an award that is given an­nu­ally in recog­ni­tion of ex­cep­tional achieve­ments in 10 dif­fer­ent fields.

Hsiao won in the cat­e­gory of cul­ture and arts and was touted by judges as a “mu­sic mes­sen­ger who treats oth­ers with sin­cer­ity.”

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Hsiao said he used to be a trou­bled young man who joined gangs, but mu­sic changed his life, and he can now con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety.

Hsiao, who is known for his ex­plo­sive high notes, rose to fame af­ter his ap­pear­ance on a lo­cal tal­ent show in 2007. He won the Best Man­darin Male Singer award at the 2013 Golden Melody Awards, Tai­wan’s equiv­a­lent of the Gram­mys.

Leg­isla­tive Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ), who headed the jury, praised Hsiao for his hard work and for over­com­ing his learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to be­come an ex­cep­tional mu­si­cian.

More im­por­tantly, he is a car­ing per­son who gives to char­ity, Wang said.

The other win­ners this year in­clude Lin Tzu-chi ( ), a gold medal­ist in the women’s 63-kg weightlift­ing cat­e­gory in the 2014 Asian Games, and Yang Cheng-ta ( ), an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at Na­tional Cheng Kung Univer­sity.

Round­ing out the list were Lin Yung-hsiang ( ), gen­eral man­ager of di­etary sup­ple­ments maker TCI CO.; Tseng Mei-ling ( ), head of the Hualien branch of Good Shep­herd So­cial Wel­fare Ser­vices; Nieh Chung ( ), head pros­e­cu­tor at Kin­men Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice; Ho Hsuan-ching ( ), an as­so­ciate re­searcher at Na­tional Mu­seum of Marine Bi­ol­ogy and Aquar­ium; and Kuo Wei-chi (

), a mem­ber of the Dis­abled Per­form­ing Arts Group ( ).

There were no awards this year in the cat­e­gories of med­i­cal re­search and la­bor ed­u­ca­tion.

Pi­anist Huang Kai-ying ( ), mean­while, won the Chi­nese youth spe­cial award.

The Ten Out­stand­ing Young Per­sons awards were started in 1963 by the Tai­wan chap­ter of the Ju­nior Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional, a world­wide fed­er­a­tion of young lead­ers and en­trepreneurs.

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