Singer Jam Hsiao named outstanding young person
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.