My name is Joy Al-Sofi and I am the president of the Jackie Chan Fan Club, USA. I plan to use this page to let you know things that I think are important which don't easily fall into other categories. It is also the place where I express some of my own personal views. They don't represent the views of the fan club or the membership.
There is only me doing everything that gets done for the fan club, including this website, the newsletter, event arranging, correspondence, mail order, and much more. If things seem to take longer than you would like, I can only say I hope you will be patient and I will get to it eventually. Friendly reminders usually are much better than nasty ones.
Warning! eBay continues to have lots of fake Jackie Chan autographs for sale. I have noticed that many of them have set up "private auctions" which means that it isn't possible to see or contact the Buyers to inform them that they are buying a fake. I have noticed that many of the worse ones often offer a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) . I have no idea what that is supposed to be worth since these are coming from the same people who are selling the fake autographs. Of course, not every COA offered is from someone trying to rip you off, they may have purchased the photo believing it was authentic, or the autograph may in fact be authentic. Please be careful.
I have also seen copies of pirated videos and DVD's being offered on eBay. Whenever I see them, I try to notify the appropriate copyright holder and I hope you don't buy them and contact the appropriate distribution company. Contacting eBay directly doesn't do any good if you aren't the aggrieved party.
I have had requests from members and others about linking to other Jackie Chan-related sites. Unfortunately, because of what often appears on such sites, here is my policy on that:
I won't link to a site that uses copyrighted material without permission and/or that uses photos or other material without giving credit to photographer and/or source.
I have always attempted to give credit and to request permission to use materials. Not linking to a site doesn't mean that I disapprove of members visiting these sites, or that I think these sites should be shut down, or that they don't provide a valuable service for fans. Using copyrighted material without permission is illegal and is considered a form of theft. I just believe that some things are right, and some things aren't and as a fan club which has been recognized by Jackie Chan, I try to set a good example. Occasionally I make exceptions, but not often and certainly not as a regular practice.
It is hard to turn down requests for links, especially when I am happy to have others link to our site. Somehow, I think it is different to be linked by, rather than linking to, a site that uses copyrighted material inappropriately. If you want to share your opinions on this issue, I am happy to hear from you.
February 24 was the fan club's 8th Anniversary.
I have had several requests for a chat room or message board on our web site. In addition to the possible added expense, there is the issue of whether an unmoderated chat room or message board is desirable. Here are some of my concerns:
- There are already a number of boards and lists online. What could a fan club board or chat add that isn't already being done? I don't have any interest in competing with them. I urge you to use them.
- If the same comments are posted on more than one site, what would make this site stand out and not look as if we were just repeating stuff from other sites or vice versa?
- What would be the proper way to handle negative or abusive comments?
- Should it be for members only? (Again, does anyone know how to and be willing to help me set up a password protected section of our web site?)
Just a reminder, if you want to know what changes have been made and where, when you see that the page has been updated, click on the animated on the home page and it will take you to a page that lists the changes.
If, you come across pages with broken links, please make a note of the URL of the page where the link is located, describe the link, and then if possible give the URL of the page not found. If there are images that don't display, giving me the information regarding where you saw that, would help a lot. Thanks.
The United States of America has been a beacon of freedom for people all over the world for a long time. I am very concerned about what I see happening to our liberty here in America. I put this link on my page since it represents my personal view. If you don't agree, then perhaps that is what understanding and friendship is all about, learing to respect each other, even when we think differently about important things.
Jackie has become a spokesman for environmental causes, especially protection of endangered species. He is working with Global Survival International to raise awareness of the plight of such animals as the tiger. This year (1998) marks the start of the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. In his Jackie Chan My Story video, Jackie says how he has achieved almost all of his professional dreams, his last dream is PEACE! That is something no one person can achieve alone, only all of us working together can make that dream come true for Jackie and for all of us. Let's do our part to make it happen. Please visit Jackie's web page for Wildlife Protection and them use your "back" button on your browser to return to us.
Two important topics are:
- If there's anything you think should be changed or would be better if done differently about either the fan club and about the web site, I'd like you to tell me about it (really!). I can't promise I'll agree with you or that I can or will do it even if I agree, but I can promise you that if I don't know what it is, the chances of its happening are a whole lot less. It would be most helpful if suggestions were made as specific as possible.
Jackie sees his fan clubs as a way for his fans who come from all over the world to make a difference in our respective countries. We can make this a better and more friendly world.
There are lots of pages on this web site. Here are a couple that require a little extra looking for. That is because this is a fan site, not a corporate site designed to make you buy something.
- I am solely responsible for the contents of this web site. Any blame or praise for this site belongs to me, Joy C. Al-Sofi. Please let me know how you feel about it and I hope to hear from you!
- link to new and exciting winery started by long time fan club members:
e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
Home is where the heart is.