THE EXPENDABLES 2
JET LI (Yin Yang) is a world-renowned martial artist, movie star, social sector
leader and social entrepreneur.
Born in Beijing, Jet began studying Chinese Wushu at the age of 8, and became a
five-time consecutive All-Around National Wushu Champion of China (1975-1979).
He was selected by the Chinese government to perform Wushu at various diplomatic
functions in over 45 countries, including for President Richard Nixon of the
At the age of 17, Jet kicked off his 30+ year film career with his lead role in
"Shaolin Temple" in 1982. Since then, he has starred in countless classic
Chinese martial arts epics, such as "Once Upon a Time in China," "Fist of
Legend," "Hero" and "Fearless." His film credits also include numerous
international hits such as "Lethal Weapon 4," "Romeo Must Die," "The Mummy 3"
and "The Expendables." In 2010, Jet Li starred in the critically acclaimed film
"Ocean Heaven," which depicted the struggles of a terminally ill father
struggling to teach his autistic son how to survive on his own.
In 2007, Jet founded One Foundation, which advocates broad-based participation
in philanthropy and volunteerism as a way of life. With its innovative mass
micro-philanthropy model of "every 1 person + every 1 month + donates 1 dollar/yuan
= 1 big family," One Foundation has been a major force in the development of
China's nascent philanthropy sector. On January 11th, 2011, One Foundation
officially announced it had received legal status as an independent Public
Foundation, becoming the first NGO to successfully complete this transition and
setting an example in China's NGO sector.
In 2010, Jet and the One Foundation established China's first Philanthropy
Research Institute in partnership with Beijing Normal University in order to
address the critical human capital shortage in China's philanthropy sector. The
Institute aims to cultivate the next generation of social sector leaders in
China, both through degree granting programs as well as corporate training
In 2011, Jet officially launched a new social enterprise called Taiji Zen
International in partnership with Mr. Jack Ma. This new movement's aim is to
promote health and happiness across the world through the practice of Taijiquan,
as well as the understanding of Taiji philosophy.
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