Kao Chin Su-mei
|May Chin in a March 2008 protest|
|Member of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Parliament
for Highland Aborigines electoral district
September 21, 1965 |
Heping, Taichung County
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Political party||Non-Partisan Solidarity Union|
|Alma mater||Minzu University of China|
Kao Chin Su-mei, stage name May Chin (see names, born September 21, 1965) is a Taiwanese politician and a former singer and actress. After having acted since the mid-1980s, she was elected into the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in December 2001 and re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012, all in the Highland Aborigines electoral district. She is currently a member of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union and a strong advocate of aboriginal rights. She is also associated with the Pan-Blue Coalition and harbors pro-unification and anti-Japan views.
May Chin was born in Heping Township, Taichung County (now part of Taichung City). Her father, a Manchu (from mainland China), and her mother, a Taiwanese Aborigine of the Atayal tribe, named her Chin Su-mei. In the mid-1980s, she stood for election to be a representative of Taiwanese Aborigines within the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan), during which she took on the Chinese surname of her Taiwanese Aborigine mother, hence becoming Kao Chin Su-mei (Chinese: 高金素梅; pinyin: Gāo Jīn Sùméi; Wade–Giles: Kao Chin Su-mei). Her Ayatal name is Ciwas Ali (Chinese: 吉娃斯·阿麗; pinyin: Jíwásī Ālì; Wade–Giles: Chi-wa-ssu A-li) and May Chin remains her stage name.
Business and political career
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Besides acting, in mid-1990s May Chin ran a wedding photography service shop in Taipei. However this shop burned down in 1996 and the fire claimed six lives. In 1998, May Chin was diagnosed with liver cancer. She recovered after a surgery.
Since entering the Legislative Yuan, May Chin has been noted for her outspoken views, traditional Atayal costume and face paint in the shape of traditional Atayal tattoo work reserved for married women. May Chin has also been tightly associated with the Pan-Blue Coalition, especially in close cooperation with the People First Party. She is also noted for her anti-Japan and China-friendly standpoints, and even protested in front of the Yasukuni Shrine in an effort to remove the enshrined spirits of Taiwanese Aboriginal soldiers who died fighting for the Japanese army during World War II, as well as sued Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for visiting Yasukuni Shrine. (These events were retold in the 2007 documentary film Yasukuni.)
On 19 August 2009, Ms Chin met with the President of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao . At the meeting, President Hu expressed his deep sorrow and condolences for the typhoon victims in Taiwan to an actor-turned-politician Kao who led a delegation of her fellow ethnic minorities in Taiwan to visit the mainland. Hu added that "People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are of one family and Chinese people have a long tradition of lending a hand to those in danger and difficulties.".
As a parliament member, Ms. Chin is dedicated to the benefits of Taiwanese Aborigines, hence receiving strong support from her constituents. .
Never married, she was in a relationship with Hong Kong actor Kenny Ho in early 1990s. She also had a long and lasting extramarital affair with the Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan between mid-2000s and early 2010s.
- May Chin at the Internet Movie Database
- Personal Blog (in Traditional Chinese)
- Washing away vanity, Taiwan's Aborigines