Nora Sun

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Nora Sun
Born (1937-08-06)August 6, 1937
Shanghai, Republic of China
Died January 29, 2011(2011-01-29) (aged 73)
Taipei, Republic of China
Residence Shanghai, Hong Kong, San Francisco
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Arizona
Spouse(s) Capt. C.W. Seigrist (孫康威) (divorced)
Children Steven Sun Seigrist (孫忠仁)
Jeffrey Lloyd Seigrist (孫忠傑)
Alan Daniel Seigrist (孫忠偉)
Parents Sun Fo and Lan-Yi
Nora Sun
Chinese 孫穗芬

Nora Sun (August 6, 1937 – January 29, 2011) was a Chinese American diplomat, businesswoman, and granddaughter of Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen. She was the founder of the Hong Kong based Nora Sun Associates and a longtime resident of Shanghai, San Francisco, and Hong Kong.[1] Chinese-American entrepreneur Yue-Sai Kan called Nora Sun "Sino-US trade matchmaker".[2]


  • 1937: Born in Shanghai, China to Sun Fo and Shanghai property developer and socialite Lan-Yi.
  • 1946: Kidnapped in Shanghai[3] After her mother Lan Yi paid the kidnappers' ransom, she and her mother fled to Hong Kong when Mao's troops seized the family's villa.[4]
  • 1955: After graduating from High School, she became the youngest flight attendant to work for Taiwan based Civil Air Transport airline.
  • 1957: Married American pilot and World War II Veteran in Taiwan. She followed her husband to Thailand, Japan, and Jordan.
  • 1978: Received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Arizona.[5] She later completed graduate studies at Babson College.
  • 1986: Served as the commercial consul at the United States Consulate General in Guangzhou, China.[6]
  • 1989: Served as the commercial consul at the United States Consulate General in Shanghai, China.
  • 1992: Served as the commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy, Paris.
  • 1994: Resigned from the State Department and founded Nora Sun Associates Ltd.
  • 2010: Visited Taipei, Taiwan in order to attend the Taipei International Flora Exposition. Sun was severely injured in a car accident on her way to Taoyuan International Airport on January 1, 2011.[7] She died as a result of the injuries on January 29.


  • Sun, Nora (10/1/2001). An album in memory of Dr Sun Yat-sen: a great man and epoch-maker. Nanjing University Press. ISBN 7-305-03760-5.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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