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No. 1 Homebody {zhai nan} : Jerry Yan ~ Walks out of his place in silly way

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Number 1 Homebody {zhai nan} : Jerry Yan ~ Walks out of his place in silly way

极品宅男亮相女性时尚杂志 The Best of Homebody appears in a trendy women’s magazine
宅男独白私房话 He talks candidly about his private life

‘zhai nan’ is a version of the term derived from Japanese “otaku”. It refers to guys who obsessed with manga or computer games of pretty, young girls. Later on, it referred to “people who stay at home, avoid contact with others because of their obsessive hobby of a certain nature.” In Jan 2010, the term has been included in the latest edition of the {English-Chinese Dictionary}.

由权威机构发布的“中国宅男宅女研究报告”显示:30个中国内陆城市的调查数据表明,2005-2007三年来,15-35岁之间的内地宅人数量呈逐年上 升趋势,2007年已达到647.8万人的高峰,占同龄人比例的21%。80%的宅人在29岁以下,是一个庞大的独生子女群体。每10个人中,就有2个宅 人“潜伏”。
“China’s zhai nan and zhai nu research report” was carried out in 30 mainland cities. The report indicated that from 2005 to 2007, mainlanders aged 15 to 35 years old were homebodies. The figure was rising annually. In 2007, it peaked at 6.478 million, making up 21% of the similar age group. 80% of them are 29 years old and below, the majority is from single-child families. In every 10 persons, 2 have the potential to be homebodies.   

Internationally renowned women’s magazine in its October issue of {Cosmo} has its readers select many of the best of zhai nan in the Entertainment Industry. What their mysterious home lives and exclusive reveal about them. This will definitely start a wave of discussion about “The Good zhai nan”.

No. 1 zhai nan : Jerry Yan ~ Walks out of his place in a silly way

在娱乐圈,我—直在以自己的方式,甚至是比较笨的方式往前走。可能很多人因为知名度的变化、见识的人越来越多,会与以前不一样。我却一直告诉自己,还是要 跟之前一样。现在的我虽然赚了钱,但并不想要住很大的房子,开很多的跑车。我希望自己传达给人们的印象是,言承旭虽然在变得成熟,但没有改变。
In the Entertainment Circle, I’ve always been used my own way doing things even though it may not be an intelligent way of moving ahead. Perhaps many have changed themselves and their perspectives due to fame and are totally different from before. But I’ve always told myself that I must be the same as before. Even though I’ve made money but I don’t want to live in a very big house or get a fast car. I hope that the impression that I give others is that Jerry Yan has matured but he hasn’t changed at all.

私下里的我,其实是那种蛮自闭,要求很简单的人。舞厅、夜店那样的地方基本不会去,就喜欢一个人安安静静待在家里,做些自己的事—一洗衣服、打扫,我喜欢 家里超整齐,这样会很舒服,如果很乱,看起来会没有精神。我也会做东西给自己吃。以前我可是做过一小段厨房工作的,所以简单的炒菜都会。
In private, I’m kind of ‘autistic’ actually. My wants are very simple. I don’t frequent night spots and like to stay quietly at home doing my own stuff – washing clothes and tidying up. I like my place to be spick and span as it feels very comfortable. If it gets very messy, it feels lethargic. I like to cook things for myself too. Did work in a kitchen before so I can do simple stir-fries.

When I’m alone at home, I would wake up naturally then I’ll go for exercise – swimming, running and playing basketball. I also read, watch TV, DVDs and listen to instrumental music like the piano. The instrument of choice depends on how my mood was.

我跟很多人不太一样,到现在还是像个男孩——很单纯,会傻傻地相信这个世界。我想男人与男孩的最大区别是,男人会更有责任感一些,懂得对周围的人多一点关 心,体贴。这一点,我到现在还在学习。我自己现在依然不能算是男人。如果要说我身上男人与男孩的比例的话,大概是0.01比9.99。但是,最近我看了一 部内地的电影《集结号》,真的很男人很棒。我开始非常想尝试谷子地那样的角色——希望—个比较Man、比较原始、留胡子、剃平头、没有化妆的言承旭。
Compared to many others, I’m quite different. Up till now, I’m still very much like a boy – very innocent and I believe what the world holds. The biggest difference I think between a man and a boy is that a man is more responsible. He shows more concern and understanding to those around him. This is an area that I’m working on right now. I myself feel that I’m still not yet a man. If I were to put the man and boy in me as a ratio, it would likely be 0.01 to 9.99. But I saw a mainland movie, {The Assembly} recently and I thought the actors were so macho, so great. I really hope that I can try my hand at the character, gu zi. I hope to become Jerry Yan who is more ‘man’, more primeval with a beard, shaven head and no make-up.

One day, I hope that I can own a huge ranch. My mother will definitely be there and the woman who stayed with me till the very end. I will sit with her at the front porch and watch the sun slowly setting together.


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