only twenty now, still feeling like a child.Ē
coming from Taiwan to faraway Japan, who is trying hard to learn Japanese and
exerting herself for her musical work. In order to find out all about this young
woman she has answered 100 questions we asked her. Start reading this page and
go on right to the end Ė and you will certainly deepen your knowledge of her.
is the origin of your real name? (徐若瑄
Suu Roo Yan - thatís the Japanese pronounciation)
A prophetess has been asked and she said that this name were the best, so Iíve
eventually got it. But probabely there is no deeper meaning behind it.
about your family?
My mother is a friendly woman and very wise. My father is often rather frightening
. If youíre doing something wrong he would scold you. My elder sister is
always caring for me and my younger brother and she do all the housework. My
little brother is a real dear. He has recently turned to 16 and is a
good-looking boy; heís been on diet for just half
a month and lost 10 kg of weight.
are you called at home?
In Taiwan Iím called by my artist name, namely ďRoosenĒ.
is the very first event which you can remember?
Oh, I havenít such a good memoy Ö(laughing)Ö but in the time of
elementary school I played a trick and my father gave me a hiding for it.
did you wish for your later profession?
us a book that has moved you deeply!
ďThe Old Man and the SeaĒ.
a film that really touched you?
Mel Gibsonís ďBravehardĒ.
is your favorite music?
Oh, Iím listening to different kind of music, Japanese, American, Mexican Ö
and I love them all! Im choosing just after my mood.
I love the autumn.
love youď in Chinese)
the favorite sport that youíre exercising yourself?
(my best result was 256 points!), swimming, breaststroke is my strength.
the sport you are preferredly watching?
is nothing that I markedly prefer. But Iím watching sport quite a lot.
your favorite food?
I love all food from Taiwan. Especially Konwantai soup with dumplings.
do you dislike to eat at all?
Dorian Ė they stink!! Donít like Sashimi too!
do you dislike to drink?
of all in the world is totally disgusting to you?
you were an animal, what do you think you would be?
No idea, perhaps a Koala? They are somewhat like me because they love to sleep.
When Iíve seen them in Australia they clinged to the trees like cuddly toys
and didnít stir at all (laughing).
person Vivian Hsu Ė briefly
who loves to be together with friendly people. NaÔve. So naÔve that Iím
sometimes ďnodding like a doggieĒ without becoming aware of it.
is your strength?
can sympathize with others.
cannot stand to lose.
you think that you are already adult?
believe that Iím still a child. Iím only twenty now (laughing)
did you frighten most since youíre living in Japan?
There are lots of ravens. Once so
many ravens fluttered around my house that I really got frightened.
first phrases when you started to learn Japanese?
Good Night! Ė Good Morning! - bon appetit! Ė well done! Ė Goodbye!
do you think is better in Japan compared to Taiwan?
air is clean and everybody obeys the traffic rules. In Taiwan, nobody takes care
of red traffic lights but the Japanese are waiting
do you think is better in Taiwan compared to Japan?
food is really delicious. Wherever
Iíve been in the world so far, there were always things that I didnít like
to eat. As for eating Iím really fussy!
have you been in Japan already?
Osaka, Hokkaido and straight away heading to Izo for a
have been been in Tokyo so far (by yourself)?
to the convenience store round the corner (laughing)
you found new friends in Japan already?
people in the company!
time of day do you like most?
would you like to have right now?
are you collecting?
Iíve brought araund 10 of them to Japan. In Taiwan Iíve still many more.
do you wear at home?
T-shirts and shorts.
do you do first after getting up?
Eating. If I donít have to work Iím always waking up with the feeling
ďIím hungryĒ. So Iím always starting my day with breakfast.
what do you do first after coming home?
In Taiwan I always called friend and asked ďShall we go out and have fun
together?Ē. Here Iím first taking off my makeup.
do you do just before going to bed?
I think itís talking on the telephone. If I havenít talked to someone I
cannot conclude the day.
Sometimes Iím talking throughout half the night and Iím tired next
long does it take for your makeup in the morning?
hairstyle do you prefer?
A light and natural style. Just like Iím wearing my hair right now.
is your favorite fashion?
There is nothing special but my taste is changing of course. If I wear cool
clothing I wear the cool type Ė if I wear cute clothing Iím the cute little
which order do you have your daily bathing?
Iím washing slowly down my shoulders and finally washing my hands. Hair
washing comes after I alrady got out of the tube.
long was your longest telephone talk?
Four hours. Actually I should have been sleeping that time (laughing)
many clothes do you have?
Many many. I also have many shoes. Around 50 pairs.
Also many. Perhaps 20 sets.
you wear tangas?
Yes. When Iím sporting, at photo shootings or if I have pantalons on.
do you do if you are sad?
Talking with friends at the telephone. Actually only this.
you would be born once again, would you like to be a man or a woman?
A girl again. I have pity on men. After being married they have to take care fo
the whole house, this is certainly a big stress. Isnít it finally better to be
a woman that you can love tenderly?
do you think is better with women?
In Taiwan the young men have to do the military service. I think itís good
that you donít have to do this as a woman.
do you think is enviable with men?
I want to give bith to a child but Iím rather scared of it. In this concern I
envy men. Since you have to carry the baby 10 months in your womb.
you trust in God?
you believe in ghosts or Ufos?
Yes, in both.
do you think is most beautiful in the world?
Love. Since I believe that love makes women as wll as men beautiful.
you had a free wish, what would you choose?
That I would get three more free wishes (laughing)
in your life was the biggest mistake
skipped my piano lessons because I found them too easy though my mother had
payed for it. That time I hadnít yet an idea how important it would later be
for me. I didnít learn but hurt my motherís feelings and wasted money anyway.
what do you feel the happiest?
the child of my mother.
is your most saddening encounter?
I think something earnestly saddening didnít happen to me so far.
us one of your habits.
Iím always combing my hair over the head.
is your favorite type of men?
He should be smart, romantic and must never lie.
Japanese artist makes you thinking ďcool/attractiveĒ?
Ha, ha, ha
you would have a date, where do you think you would like to go?
In an amusement park Ė Disneyland would be the best!
would be a partner for such a date?
A nice man who has his own ideas. I donít like people who are always asking:
ďWhat should we do now?Ē.
sort of compliments do you like from men?
ĒYou are sexyĒ or ďYou are niceĒ.
you are on a date, do you think itís ok to share the bill? Or would you prefer
that the partner pays also for you ?
my partner has enough money I would let him pay. If not I would feel sorry for
him and everybody pays for his own part.
us all countries where you already have been.
Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Italy Ö yes.
places where you want to go?
France, espacially to Paris!
you would be washed ashore a lonely island, what would you like to have still
photo collection. And my Most Beloved One of course.
you would find a hundred millions of Yen Ė what would you do with the money?
Build a weekend house for my family near to my own house. If you have a house
you can easily spend all your life together. To live with my family is the most
important matter for me!
you had supernatural abilities, which
kind of them would you like to have?
The power to move from one place to another like a flash. If I want to meet my
mother, I could fly to Taiwan within 30 seconds and the return so fast as well.
would yo do if an on old flame of you would say that he loved you too?
If I currently had a boyfriend I would be happy but it would be all about it. If
I donít be in love I would consider whether I still love him.
would you do if you wake up in the morning and discover that you are a green
Thinking about the possibility to change back to my human life. If this is
impossible I would go to the jungle and search for friends among the bugs. Then
you have just to get used with this kind of life (laughing)
you already watch AVs?
is particularly moving your mind in these days?
Eathquakes. Since yo cannot protect yourself against natural desasters.
persons are currently playing the most important role for you?
My family. They are certainly most important for me.
historical person would you like to meet?
Shi. Among the people beeing mentioned in Taiwanese history textbooks, she is
famous for her beauty and wisdom.
would you like to do this winter?
I want to see snow. And go skiing!
us three things being important for you.
My photo collection, my bed and my car (BMW).
what you try paying attention in
your daily life?
To eat a warm meal three times a day!
what you try paying attention in
Also to eat regularly. Since if you are are hungry you will soon be exhausted.
Itís a superstition of Vietnam, but before going to bed I always make sure
that no mirror is facing me.
have your co-workers to keep an eye on you?
Unfortunately Iím using to knit my brows. Thatís what they have to look for.
which actor you would like to shoot a love scene?
I didnít yet think about this.
role would you like to play next?
Now, in the drama ďMiss DiamondĒ, Iím playing a girl from Taiwan. But I
want to learn much more Japanese and play a Japanese woman later.
and acting Ė where do you feel more self-confidence?
do you think you would do after the next ten years?
perhaps Iím neither an actress nor a singe anymore but fullfilling a
and what about after 20 years?
With 40 Ö then Iím perhaps already a Grandma (laughing)
eventually after 50 years ?
Then I will invite all my relatives and friends to a huge meeting. I would show
my whole photo collection to all of them (laughing). Maybe I would have wrinkled
hands and no more teeth. But wouldnít I be more impressive than now?
long do you think you will be alive?
The forune-teller said over 60 years. So maybe I should invite to the big party
a bit earlier than in 50 years, shouldnít I?
in 10 years your child will discover your photos from ďAngelĒ. What will you
tell about it?
Certainly my child will say:Ē Oh, thatís you Mama when you were young, yes?
Why do you look so differently now?Ē and I would reply: ďAlso your Mama has
once been youngĒ (laughing) and ďAlways remember: you are young only once.Ē
you would have a second life, would you work in showbusiness again?
If I l like it I would do it again but I cannot say it that strictly. Perhaps it
wouldnít be so bad to try another profession Ö Maybe I coud be the boss of a
trade company (laughing)
would you react if your children want to go into the showbiz?
I would respect their wishes. Since I think itís good to raise your children
in a free way, like in America.
would you do if you had one day vacation?
Sleep a whole day! (laughing)
would you do if you had one week vacation?
Tidy up my flat, sorting my notes and letters and such things. And all the love
letters too of course! (laughing)
would you do if you had a whole month vacation?
A journey to Paris. If I had a
lover that time I would travel with him. If not I would be looking forward to a
artist is your role model?
All artists are different, therefore I donít have a particular role model.
is your ideal image of a woman?
A woman who fulfills her work with full dedication, a good mother and a good
wife at home.
dream of the future? (at work)
Although Iím an artist Iím still rather unknown and thatís a pity. So I
want to became famous and want that everybody knows me.
dream of the future? (private)
Everybody who has seen the light of the day will die some time. Nobody can
escape his destiny, so I will try to live my life as happy and merry as possible.
word to the Japanese boys!
All women want to be loved by men, so I think the men should always be friendly.
If they donít yet know how this
works they should listen to my song ďKuchibiru no ShinwaĒ (The Myth of the
Kiss) und certainly they will understand it (laughing)
word to the Japanese girls!
Do undauntedly all what you can do yourself and never miss your chances. I want
to learn Japanese quickly and will tell you about all my experiences, also what
has to do with love.
word to yourself!
With all my efforts I will try to learn speaking good Japanese so that finally
everybody out here will like me!
BOMB December 1995 (Japanese periodical)
Eleanor (Japanese to German)
Hawkbit (German to English)