Celebrity Educator Converts to Buddhism
Li Yang, creator of the Crazy English method of language learning, became a layman disciple of Shi Yongxin, head of the Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province, on August 2.
The 45-year-old celebrity educator said he plans to build the world's biggest kungfu and language training center in Dengfeng City, where the Shaolin Temple is located. He also plans to hold an international English winter camp at the temple in 2015.
Crazy English, created by Li in the early 1990s, is a non-traditional teaching method that uses shouting to help students memorize and practice the language.
Li's claimed conversion to Buddhism has drawn scathing comments from netizens, with some saying that this is likely another marketing gimmick to sell more Crazy English books. A domestic violence scandal several years ago put Li at the center of controversy.
Li was born in Wujin of east China's Jiangsu Province, and graduated from Lanzhou University in 1990. He had worked as an English radio and TV anchor in Guangzhou before starting his own education business.
Scandalous Socialite Under Investigation
Guo Meimei, the 23-year-old best known for landing the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) in a credibility crisis, has been investigated for her involvement in illegal gambling and sex trade and for spreading rumors.
Guo confessed to the police that she had nothing to do with the RCSC. Her claims and online behavior were simply publicity stunts to attract attention. According to Beijing police, Guo's wealth came from illegal gambling, commercial performances including singing, and sex trade.
Guo came into the spotlight in 2011 when she posted photos of herself with luxury handbags and an expensive car on her microblog and claimed that her "adopted dad," a euphemism for a sugar daddy, helped her become the general manager of an organization under the RCSC.
Her posts triggered concern over how donations are used by the country's state-run charitable organizations and dealt a major blow to the RCSC, which has been struggling to regain trust since.
Guo was born in Yiyang City in central China's Hunan Province, and grew up in a single-parent family.
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