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Chinese name 莫文蔚 Pinyin Mò Wénwèi (Mandarin) Jyutping mok6 man4 wai3 (Cantonese) Birth name Karen Joy Morris Origin Hong Kong Born (1970-06-02) 2 June 1970 (age 41)
Hong Kong Occupation singer, actress, composer, producer, designer Genre(s) Cantopop, C-Rock, Alternative pop, Pop rock Instrument(s) Piano, Oboe, Gu Zheng Label(s) Star Records (1993-1995)
Rock Records (1996–2001)
Sony BMG (2002–2008)
Universal Music (2009-present) Years active 1993 – present Spouse(s) Johannes (2011 – present) Official Website Karen’s Official Website

Karen Joy Morris, known more commonly in Chinese speaking communities as Karen Mok or Mok Man-Wai, (born 2 June 1970) is a three-time Golden Melody Award-winning Hong Kong-based actress and singer-songwriter.

Biography

Mok attended Diocesan Girls’ School from primary to secondary grade in Hong Kong. When she was a F.5 student, she received the 1st Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards. She later left Hong Kong in 1987 and studied abroad.[1] She attended United World College of the Adriatic near Trieste, Italy from 1987 to 1989, and majored in Italian literature when studying at the University College London, University of London. Mok is the sister of the writer and producer Trevor Morris, and a descendant of Alfred Morris, the first principal of King’s College, Hong Kong. She speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, and French.[2] She is Eurasian: her father is half-Chinese and half-Welsh, while her mother is half-Chinese, quarter-Iranian, and quarter-German.[3][4]

Mok is often credited as Karen Mok in Chinese movies, but as Karen Joy Morris (her birth name) in Hollywood movies such as “Around the world in 80 days” starring Jackie Chan. She supplied the voice of Princess Kida for the Cantonese dub of Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001). Mok performed in the 10th anniversary Asian tour of the hit Broadway musical Rent in the lead role of Mimi in 2005 and 2006.

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she carried the torch[5] and performed at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies[6][7]. In October 2008, Karen Mok launched her own brand of perfume in Hong Kong.[8]

Karen has completed many endorsement agreements with leading companies such as among others Canon[9], Kappa[10], Cadillac[11], Clear[12], Chow Tai Fook[13], Lux[14], Titus[15].

She married her first boyfriend Johannes at a church near Florence, Italy, on 1 October 2011[16].

[edit] Activism

Mok is an advocate for animals and one of only five Asian celebrities to make People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific’s (PETA) first-ever Best-Dressed 2008 list.[17] Mok has joined efforts to help bears in China whose bile is used for medicinal purposes/[18]

In 2007, Mok was involved with MTV EXIT, a campaign against human trafficking in Asia. She presented Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, a documentary on trafficking.[citation needed]. Karen currently serves as ambassador for UNICEF, SPCA, Animals Asia Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Enlighten-Action for Epilepsy.

[edit] Filmography

About the Author

MIT electrical engineering computer science graduate has written conservative columns on politics, race / culture, science and education since the 70s in MIT The Tech and various publications in including New Republic and National Review.