Lee Ya-Ching

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Lee Ya-Ching
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Born (1912-04-16)April 16, 1912
Haifeng County, Guangdong, China
Died January 28, 1998(1998-01-28) (aged 85)
Oakland, California, United States
Nationality Chinese
Aviation career
Known for First Chinese civilian aviator, co-founder of first Chinese civilian flying school

Lee Ya-Ching or Li Xiaqing (1912–1998), also known by her stage name Li Dandan (李旦旦), was a Chinese film actress and a pioneering aviator, as well as a philanthropist. She was the first Chinese woman to be granted a civil aviation license in China, in 1936, and also co-founded its first civilian flying school. As an actress, she starred in Romance of the Western Chamber, and played the lead in an early adaptation of Mulan for the screen.[1][2][3]


  • Disputed Passage (1939) - Aviatrix (credited as Ya-Ching Lee)
  • Kisses Once (情海重吻) (1929)
  • Five Avenging Women (1928)
  • Mulan Joins the Army (1928) - Hua Mulan
  • A Wandering Songstress (天涯歌女) (1927) - Li Lingxiao
  • Romance of the Western Chamber (1927) - Hongniang
  • A Poet From the Sea aka. The Cape Poet (海角詩人) (1927) - Liang Cuiying
  • Why Not Her (玉潔冰清) (1926) - Kong Qiongxian
  • The God of Peace (和平之神) (1926) - Lin Cuiwei

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  1. ^ Jordan Ferrero (2009). "Lee Ya-Ching papers". Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 
  2. ^ 中国首位女飞行员李霞卿: 与胡蝶周璇并称七姐妹. Ta Kung Pao (in Chinese). 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ 从电影明星到中国第一位美女飞行员李霞卿诞辰. Today on History (in Chinese). 16 April 2014. 

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