Jackie Chan

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, every school day The Cardinal will feature a prominent and historical Asian American or Pacific Islander, living or dead, who has worked toward change, advancement, and/or world peace. Some of them are heroes, and some are unsung heroes, who deserve recognition, and have made a contribution to society.


Alejandra Ramirez, Junior Editor

Jackie Chan is a world-wide known actor loved by millions of fans. Chan was born on April 7, 1954, in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong. He began his acting journey as young as five in the 1960’s and acting in over 150 movies and shows. Not only is he an actor, but he is also an action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, entrepreneur, and singer. He is famously known for his acrobatic fighting style, comedy movies, and the crazy stunts that he usually prefers to perform himself which in all his years of acting led him to break around 20 bones and even ended up in a coma for seven days. Not only is Chan a talented actor, but he also founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988 to help people with many worthy causes like medical services, natural disasters, and illness victims, scholarships, and youth activities and he is also a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAID). In a society that limits Asian Americans’ success in America to only educational achievements, Jackie Chan has proven to exceed all limitations and has proven to have made an impact in the American film industry but has also impacted society as a whole with his charitable actions and his dedication to change.