Michelle Yeoh: The crisis that changed my life 8 years ago keeps happening

As a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, I have seen up close how crises like earthquakes can expose deep existing inequalities.

Actress Michelle Yeoh's outlook on the world was shaken when she was in Nepal visiting local organisations and a powerful earthquake struck on April 25, 2015. PHOTOS: REUTERS, ST FILE
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Over the past few weeks, many people around the world joined me in celebrating my career firsts – from winning my first Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Independent Spirit Award to earning my first Oscar (for Best Actress in a Leading Role). While I am grateful for this unforgettable moment in my professional life, I want to redirect that global spotlight to an issue that is very personal to me and warrants the world’s attention.

My life changed eight years ago when one moment shook my outlook on the world.

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