Iconic Prominent Female Portraits
Wan Rong ( 1904- 1946) was the Empress Consort of Puyi, the Last Emperor of China and final ruler of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty.
Wen Xiu, Consort Shu
Wenxiu (1909 – 1953) was a concubine of Puyi, the last Emperor of China and final ruler of the Qing Dynasty. She was from the Mongol clan and her family was under the Bordered Yellow Banner of the Eight Banners.
She was the first and only consort in Chinese history filing for a divorce. Also she was the only consort who had ever worked as an education stuff outside of the Royal Palace in the Chinese History.
Princess Wan Yan Tong Ji
Wanyan Tong Ji( 1913- 2003) was the Chinese princess of Manchu descent, also called “ Wang Min Tong”. Her family was under the Bordered Yellow Banner of the Eight Banners. She was known as “The prettiest Manchu Princess”.
Yoshiko Kawashima ( 1907 -1948), known as Chuan Dao Fang Zi in China, was born in the Aisin Gioro clan, the imperial clan of the Manchu-led Qign dynasty. After the Revolution of 1911, Kawashima was given by her biological father to his Japanese friend, Kawashima Naniwa, a Japanese espionage agent to restore Qing Dynasty.
This painting is Yoshiko’s portrait at the age of seven before she left The Forbidden City to Japan starting her intelligence life journey.
Meng Xiaodong ( 1908-1977) was one of the most famous female Peking Opera artists in modern Chinese theatre. She was the only female apprentice of Master Yu Shu Yan, and exclusively known for her outstanding male leading role play (Lao Sheng, senior male with wisdom).
Sai Jinhua (1873-1936) was a Chinese courtesan who became the acquaintance of Alfred von Waldersee and was regarded by some as a cross-cultural courtesan. Regardless of whether Sai Jinhua's role in China's foreign relations may have been exaggerated and despite the controversies surrounding her conduct and affairs, she lived a tough and spectacular life that has assured her a place in the modern history of China.
Eileen Chang (1920- 1995) was one of the most influential modern Chinese writer.
She came from a prominent family background that her great grandfather was an influential court official during the Qing Dynasty. Chang was educated highly both in Chinese and English since young. She already displayed literal talent in her early years. Her first novel was published when she was 12. Her literary maturity was said to be beyond her age.
Lin Hui Yin (1904-1955) was a noted 20th-century Chinese architect and writer. She is known to be the first female architect in modern China.
The American artist and designer Maya Lin who designed Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is Lin’s niece.
Yoshiko Yamaguchi (1920 – 2014) was born in Liaoning, aChinese-born Japanese actress and singer who made a career in China, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Early in her career, the Manchukuo Film Association concealed her Japanese origin and she went by the Chinese name Li Xianglan, rendered in Japanese as Ri Kōran. This allowed her to represent China in Japanese propaganda movies.
Anna May Wong
Huang Liushuang (1905 – 1961),known as Anna May Wong, is considered to be the first Chinese American movie star, and also the first Asia American actress to gain international recognition.
Wong's image and career have left a notable legacy. Through her films, public appearances and prominent magazine features, she helped to humanize Asian Americans to white audiences during a period of over racism and discrimination.
Oei Huilan (1893-1992), the wife of the renowned Chinese diplomat Wellington Koo, made her name in the western world as Madame Wellington Koo or Hui-lan Koo. She was regarded as a representative of oriental fashion and was once considered as the best Chinese female dresser by Vogue in 1920- 1940.
Her well-off family wealth allowed her to showcase China’s self positioning. She sponsored fully to repair the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Paris with high quality furniture, utensils etc. in order to maintain China’s international image.
Han Suyin (1916 – 2012) was a China-born Eurasian, a physician, and author of books in English and French on modern China, novels set in East and Southeast Asia, and autobiographical memoirs which covered the span of modern China. She spent twelve years (1952-1964) in Malaya during which she had her most significant switch from a medical practitioner to a well-known author. Her writings gained her a reputation as an ardent and articulate supporter of the Chinese Communist Revolution.