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"Perhaps it's because I'm an only child. I can be pretty self-centered. Maybe that's why I have few friends."
—Xiao Zi confides in Shan Cai[src]

He Yuan Zi (Chinese: 何原滋; pinyin: Hé Yuánzī), also known by her nickname Xiao Zi (小滋 Xiǎozī), was the heiress of He Corporation. She was engaged to Dao Ming Si of Dao Ming Group. Though Xiao Zi was in love with Si, she ended the engagement since he was still in love with her friend Dong Shan Cai. She remained good friends with both of them.

Biography[]

Early life[]

Xiao Zi was born an only child to her mother and father. She was also the sole heir to the wealthy He Corporation, which had ties with an American oil magnate. Xiao Zi had "few friends," possibly due to her self-admitted "self-centeredness."[1]

College[]

Xiao Zi attended an unnamed college in Taipei.[1]

Engagement to Si[]

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Xiao Zi and Si after kissing

"From now on, I will use my status as your fiancee to 'guide' you. I have fallen for you. No matter what, we are getting married. So it's okay to start dating first."
—Xiao Zi takes an interest in Si[src]

One night, Xiao Zi was dragged to a hotel. Her parents arrived shortly after her, revealing that they had arranged her engagement to the Dao Ming Group heir, Dao Ming Si. He suddenly grabbed her hand instead of that of another girl, Dong Shan Cai. They were far away by the time Si realized his mistake. Xiao Zi became indignant when he decided to leave her on her own with no shoes. She jumped on his back and bit his ear, leading him to throw her off and then leave. The following day, Xiao Zi came to Si's school, where she ran into Shan Cai. When Si showed up, Xiao Zi declared "I have fallen for you." He became irritated, and Xi Men and Mei Zuo had to hold him back. Shan Cai then took Xiao Zi away. She invited Shan Cai to go shopping. They became friends while talking about Si, whom Shan Cai had experience with.[1]

Si later asked Xiao Zi to date him, saying that he would "try [his] best to love [her]." She waited outside Shan Cai's place to tell her the news. Shan Cai congratulated her. On their first date, Si acted standoffish and suddenly left the café without waiting for her. Xiao Zi complained about his behavior, leading Si to begin treating her nicer though somewhat begrudgingly. After some time, Xiao Zi demanded for Si to kiss her to "prove that [he] no longer loved Shan Cai." The same day, the couple coincidentally ran into Shan Cai and Hua Ze Lei at a café. Xiao Zi invited them to her family's villa. There Si confessed that he could not love her, which devastated her. She stayed for several days by herself, before asking her mother to end the engagement. She later visited Shan Cai, whom agreed to remain with Xiao Zi.[2]

Supporting Si and Shan Cai[]

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Xiao Zi tries to comfort Si

Si: "I'm sure you know that you and I are only good friends."
Xiao Zi: "I know I'm your friend, while Shan Cai is the girl you love. Let's make a pact: choose me in your next life."
— Xiao Zi and Si remain good friends.[src]

After Si and Shan Cai broke up, Xi Men and Mei Zuo invited Xiao Zi to a get-together to cheer up Si. The party went horribly and ended with Si and Xi Men beating each other up.[3] When Shan Cai returned to Taipei, Xiao Zi went to Ying De to visit her. However, after hearing about the situation, Xiao Zi left to check on Si instead. Si refused to talk at first, but she persisted. In a moment of weakness, she hugged him and said that he still had her. She quickly pulled away, calling it "just a joke".[4]

Xiao Zi later visited Shan Cai at her home, where they took a photo together. She used the photo to advertise for a blind date. None of the candidates turned out well, including a strange guy, who poured water on Shan Cai. Si became suspicious of the guy, who Shan Cai had kept in contact with, and asked Xiao Zi about their meeting. Afterwards, Xiao Zi began investigating him on her own, later recruiting Chen Qing He to help her. She ran into the other guy from the blind date. He informed her that he was hired to attend the date and had not seen Shan Cai's guy since.[5]

Some time later, Si met with Xiao Zi to tell her to "go look for a good man" since he was still in love with Shan Cai. They agreed to remain good friends.[6] Xiao Zi's and Si's parents arranged for them to be married again. At the time, her parents and Feng were investing in a project together. However, neither trusted the other so they arranged their children's marriage for security. Si protested the engagement by fasting, which worried Xiao Zi.[7] She brought Shan Cai to his home in order to convince him to eat. In the end, the marriage was called off.[8]

Physical appearance[]

Xiao Zi was a young, good-looking girl. She styled her short hair in various ways, though she usually had it straightened. Xiao Zi also occasionally had it crimped or curled. Shan Cai described her as "fashionable," because of Xiao Zi's tendency to wear modern, trendy clothing. Her overall build was tall and slim.

Personality and traits[]

Her personality was characterized as sweet and happy-go-lucky, though somewhat naive. As an only child, she had a selfish side which she herself admitted to. Xiao Zi, as a result, was sometimes careless with her words and actions. Her intense personality made it difficult for her to make friends since people often viewed her as rude or annoying. Shan Cai initially had a negative first impression of her. However, after getting to know her, she found her hard not to like Xiao Zi. Her experiences with Si and Shan Cai helped her develop into a more mature, selfless person.

Etymology[]

He (何), is similar to the second character (河) in her manga counterpart's last name. Both characters can be transliterated to .[9] Her first name, Yuan Zi (原滋), contains the third character from her manga counterpart's last name and the sole character from her first name. The first (原) means "meadow" and "origin,"[10] and the second (滋) means "to grow," "to increase," and "to cause."[11] Additionally, she is often referred to by her nickname Xiao Zi (小滋). Xiao (小) means "small" or "little" and can be used as a prefix to indicate familiarity or affection.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

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Portrayal

See also: Category:Shigeru Okawahara portrayals

Appearances[]

References[]

See also[]


Meteor Garden (2001-02) characters
Main characters

Dao Ming Si | Dong Shan Cai | Hua Ze Lei | Mei Zuo | Xi Men | Ye Sha

Supporting characters

Ah De | Ah Lun | Ah Mei | Ah Song | Ah Yuan | Aisa | Bai He | Chen Qing He | Da Xin | Dao Ming Feng
Dao Ming Zhuang | He Yuan Zi | Li Zhen | Mi Mi | Sha Ge | Shan Cai's father | Shan Cai's mother | Teng Tang Jing
Qian Hui | Xi Men's father | Xi Men's mother | Xiao Geng | Xiao Shun | Xiao You | Xin Xin | Ya Men | Yi Lin
Yin Xiao Qiao | Ms. Yu | Zhang Xiao Hong

Minor characters

Ah Shu | Ah Xiang | Ah Yan | Aisa's mother | Dao Ming Cheng | Feng's sister | Fortuneteller | Gao | Jing's parents
Landlady | Lei's date | Lei's father | Liu | Liu Shu Hao | Mai | Mei Jia | Mei Zuo's date | Mei Zuo's mother | Principal
Professor | Qing Yong | Si's grandfather | Shan Cai's boss | Thomas | Wang Xiao Long | Xi Men's date | Xiao Nan
Xiao Shun's friend | Xiao Touh | Xiao You's father | Xiao You's mother | Xu Shao Yang | Yu Tian | Yuan Zi's father
Yuan Zi's mother | Zhong Ze | Zhuang's ex-boyfriend | Zhuang's husband

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