Kung fu master: Jet Li 功夫之王李连杰
Although his rapid-fire kicks and wushu skills have earned him years in the limelight both on the Chinese mainland and internationally, it"s Jet Li"s recent switch to Singaporean citizenship in June 2009 that"s kept the media buzzing.
Li"s films include "Shaolin Temple" (1982), "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998), "Romeo Must Die" (2000) and "The Forbidden Kingdom" (2008). After surviving the 2004 tsunami, Li dived into philanthropy work, forming his own non-profit called The One Foundation in 2006, which supports international disaster relief efforts in conjunction with the Red Cross.
李连杰曾出演过《少林寺》 (1982)、《致命武器4》(1998)、《致命罗密欧》(2000) 和《功夫之王》(2008)等多部影片。2004年海啸后，他投入到慈善事业中，于2006年成立了非营利性机构“壹基金”，协助红十字会帮助那些在大灾难中受苦的民众。
International starlet: Gong Li 国际巨星巩俐
As one of the first internationally-recognized Chinese stars (appearing in films like "Memoirs of a Geisha" , "Miami Vice"  and "Curse of the Golden Flower" ), Li"s emigration to Singapore caused a greater stir than her aforementioned compatriot.
Gong had already been married to Singaporean business tycoon Ooi Hoe Soeng for 13 years before submitting her application.
"Reel" couple: Chen Kaige & Chen Hong 明星夫妻档：陈凯歌和陈红
Although writer/actor/director Chen Kaige spent a large part of his early career in New York, his major successes have always been claimed by China. Kaige"s films, like "Yellow Earth" (1984), have made him a leading figure in Chinese cinema.
Both Kaige and his second wife, Chinese TV actress Chen Hong have emigrated to the U.S.
Funny guy: Zhao Benshan 搞笑艺人赵本山
Sketch actor Zhao Benshan is a household name in China. Last November, CCTV.com sprung the news that Zhao and his entire family have been green lit for Canadian citizenship, the news confirmed by Zhao via short message. Strangely--or should we say comically--enough, the story was denied by the comedian shortly after.
The beauty: Zhang Ziyi 美人章子怡
Regarded as one of the most recognizable Asian faces in Hollywood, Zhang Ziyi has been the proud face of the Chinese film industry, starring in films like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "House of Flying Daggers" (2004) and "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005). As her popularity has grown, so has speculation about her nationality--especially following her engagement to Israeli tycoon Vivi Nevo. In her interview with "Bazaar" magazine last year, Zhang firmly denied the speculation, saying, "I"m and will always be Chinese."
Imperial figure: Zhang Tielin 皇帝专业户张铁林
Known by fans for his imperial performances on the big screen, Zhang Teilin still surprised followers when he announced he was becoming European aristocracy and assuming British citizenship. Zhang accounted for his immigration in a lecture at Sichuan University, saying that he changed his nationality "in order to be a better Chinese and let more of the world get to see Chinese people."