An all around great guy

According to the Shanghaiist, Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat is extremely wealthy but lives very frugally and plans to give his money to charity. Whether or not this story is all true or a bit of hyperbole, you’ll have to research and see if you can find out more details. But the message of the story is unusual and hopeful in this era of extreme income and wealth inequality.

Here he is using public transportation:

He is quoted as saying, “I feel that the money does not really belong to me. I am just in charge of keeping it temporarily!”

Chow Yun-fat lives on just $100 a month, will leave entire $714 million fortune to charity

You may have seen him in some movies, like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (the Japanese title was “Green Destiny”). Browse his IMDb page and see if you recognize any.

This may be more evidence that he seems to be “an all around great guy”:

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Dollar Street

Dollar Street imagines families from countries all over the world as living on one street. The poorer families on the left and the richer families on the right. Click on any of the families and you can visit them virtually — see what their homes are like and how they live.

Right now there are more than 260 homes in 50 countries, 30,000 photos in all.

No families from Japan yet. You can volunteer for this project — by taking photos, translatating texts, and other ways. If you click on the “Donate” you’ll see a place to volunteer, starting by filling out a survey (here’s the first question):

“People in order”

More interesting than statistics? The real people behind them.

Here are three videos showing people “in order” — the first is 48 couples in order of the length of their relationship. The second is 100 people in order of age. The third is 73 households in order of income. I would really like to see a student create something like this to show the world more of Japan.