Kao Chin Su-mei

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Kao Chin Su-mei
MLY
2008TaiwanPresidentialElection May Chin at Anti-Referendum Protest.jpg
at a March 2008 protest
Member of the Legislative Yuan
Assumed office
1 February 2002
ConstituencyHighland Aborigines
Personal details
Born (1965-09-21) 21 September 1965 (age 53)
Heping, Taichung County
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyNon-Partisan Solidarity Union
Alma materMinzu University of China
Kao Chin Su-mei
Chinese
Ciwas Ali
Traditional Chinese·
Simplified Chinese·

Kao Chin Su-mei (born September 21, 1965), also known as Chin Su-mei, May Chin and Ciwas Ali, is a Taiwanese politician and retired actress and singer. She is of Manchu and Atayal descent, Ciwas Ali being her Atayal name.

In the 1980s and 1990s, she starred in many popular TV series and films including Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet (1993). She also released several Mandopop albums. She retired from showbiz in 1999 following her diagnosis of liver cancer which she recovered from.

Chin was elected into the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in December 2001, and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, all in the Highland Aborigines electoral district. Representing the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, she is currently the only party member in the Legislative Yuan, and a strong advocate of aboriginal rights. She is also associated with the Pan-Blue Coalition and harbors pro-Chinese unification and anti-Japan views.

Early life[edit]

Chin Su-mei was born in Heping Township, Taichung County (now part of Taichung City). Her father was an ethnic Manchu from mainland China, and her mother was a Taiwanese Aborigine of the Atayal tribe. 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. Her Ayatal name is Ciwas Ali and May Chin remains her stage name.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1987 May Jane 梅珍 May Jane
1988 Hero of Tomorrow 江湖接班人 Yeung Lai-ling
Human, Sentiment, Law 情與法
1993 The Wedding Banquet 喜宴 Gu Weiwei
Magic Sword 將邪神劍 Mo Ye
1999 Woman Soup 女湯 Faye

Television[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1987 Porters 挑伕 Yu'er
1989 Endless Love 不了情 Zeng Jiayu
1990 Wan-chun 婉君 Yanhong
Three Flowers 三朵花 Zhang Nianchen
Love Ding Yuenü
1992 Fate sequel of Love
1993 Terracotta Warriors 秦俑 Fan Dong'er
1999 The Mute and the Bride 啞巴與新娘 Xu Huimei only first few episodes due to cancer diagnosis

Chin also published at least 8 Mandopop albums and showed up in various local commercials. 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.

Political career[edit]

Since entering the Legislative Yuan after elected in the 2001 Republic of China legislative election, 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. 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.)

She was elected again as the member of Legislative Yuan after the 2008 Republic of China legislative election held on 12 January 2008.

On 19 August 2009, Chin met with the President of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao.[1] 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."[2]

As a parliament member, Chin is dedicated to the benefits of Taiwanese Aborigines, hence receiving strong support from her constituents. [3]

Electoral history[edit]

No. Candidate Party Votes Ratio Elected
2001 (5th)
1 Kao Chin Su-mei Independent 8,909 10.42% Yes
2 Lee Wen-lai (李文來) LogoPFP.svg People First Party 8,259 9.66%
3 Ho Hsin-chun (何信軍) Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 8,530 9.97%
4 Yu Meng-tyieh (余夢蝶) Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 5,132 6.00%
5 Yisao Ludao (伊掃·魯刀) Independent 790 0.92%
6 Chuan Wen-sheng (全文盛) Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 6,318 7.39%
7 Walis Perin Taiwan Number One Party 9,194 10.75% Yes
8 Kao Yang-sheng (高揚昇) Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 7,104 8.31%
9 Lin Wen-sheng (林文生) Sunrise Island.svg Taiwan Solidarity Union 4,092 4.78%
10 Lin Chun-te LogoPFP.svg People First Party 8,647 10.11% Yes
11 Bayan Dalu (巴燕·達魯) Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 4,567 5.34%
12 Tseng Hua-te (曾華德) Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 13,982 16.35% Yes
2004 (6th)
1 Walis Perin Grey and red.svg Non-Partisan Solidarity Union 9,415 11.54%
2 Tseng Hua-te Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 13,536 16.59% Yes
3 Lee Hsiu-chin (李秀琴) Independent 216 0.26%
4 Wu Hsin-kuo (伍新國) Independent 3,145 3.85%
5 Kao Chin Su-mei Independent 16,284 19.96% Yes
6 Chen Tao-ming (陳道明) Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 5,785 7.09%
7 Kung Wen-chi (孔文吉) Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 17,307 21.21% Yes
8 Lin Wen-sheng Sunrise Island.svg Taiwan Solidarity Union 3,719 4.56%
9 Lin Chun-te LogoPFP.svg People First Party 12,179 14.93% Yes
2008 (7th)
1 Syue Yi-jhen (薛宜蓁) Civil Party 443 0.53%
2 Kung Wen-chi Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 22,391 26.54% Yes
3 Chien Tung-ming Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 22,659 26.86% Yes
4 Hou Jin-jhu (侯金助) Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 4,420 5.24%
5 Kao Chin Su-mei Grey and red.svg Non-Partisan Solidarity Union 20,012 23.72% Yes
6 Lin Chun-te LogoPFP.svg People First Party 14,265 16.91%
7 Sung Jen-ho (宋仁和) Red heart tw.svg Taiwan Constitution Association 168 0.20%
2012 (8th)
1 Tseng Chih-yung (曾智勇) Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 9,968 8.54%
2 Kao Chin Su-mei Grey and red.svg Non-Partisan Solidarity Union 29,520 25.29% Yes
3 Chiu Wen-sheng (邱文生) Independent 1,481 1.26%
4 Kung Wen-chi Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 31,629 27.10% Yes
5 Walis Perin LogoPFP.svg People First Party 15,533 13.30%
6 Chien Tung-ming Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 28,581 24.48% Yes
2016 (9th)
1 Lin Shih-wei (林世偉) Independent 2,247 1.99%
2 Yumin Suyang (尤命·蘇樣) China Production Party 568 0.50%
3 Tseng Hua-te Independent 5,326 4.71%
4 Walis Perin Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 16,658 14.75%
5 Yilan Mingjinuan (伊藍·明基努安) Faith and Hope League 7,750 6.86%
6 Kung Wen-chi Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 20,105 17.80% Yes
7 Chien Tung-ming Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 25,940 22.96% Yes
8 Chuan Cheng-wei (全承威) Taiwan Independence Party 496 0.44%
9 Lin Hsin-yi (林信義) Faith and Hope League 6,185 5.48%
10 Kao Chin Su-mei Grey and red.svg Non-Partisan Solidarity Union 27,690 24.51% Yes

Personal life[edit]

Never married, she was in a relationship with Hong Kong actor Kenny Ho in early 1990s.[4] She also had a long and lasting extramarital affair with the Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan between mid-2000s and early 2010s.[5] In 1998, Chin was diagnosed with liver cancer. She recovered after a surgery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://english.gov.cn/2009-08/19/content_1396500.htm
  2. ^ http://english.gov.cn/2009-08/19/content_1396500.htm
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  4. ^ http://mag.udn.com/mag/people/storypage.jsp?f_MAIN_ID=159&f_SUB_ID=4057&f_ART_ID=185092
  5. ^ [1]

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