Pai Ping-ping

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Pai Ping-ping
PaiPingPing@Taipei New Year's Eve Party 2011.JPG
Background information
Chinese name 白冰冰 (traditional)
Chinese name 白冰冰 (simplified)
Pinyin Bái Bīngbīng (Mandarin)
Born 白月娥
(1955-05-17) 17 May 1955 (age 62)
Keelung, Taiwan
Occupation Singer, actress, media personality, social activist
Years active 1973-present
Spouse(s) Ikki Kajiwara (m. 1979; div. 1981)
Children Pai Hsiao-yen

Pai Ping-ping (Chinese: 白冰冰; pinyin: Bái Bīngbīng; born May 17, 1955) is a Taiwanese singer, actress, media personality and social activist.

Life and career[edit]

Born to an impoverished family in Keelung, Pai dropped out of formal education in her teenage years. In 1973 she won a prize in a singing contest held by Taiwan Television and following this success she pursued a career in the local entertainment business. In 1975 she moved to Japan to study singing and acting. At this time she had a relationship with Japanese comics writer Ikki Kajiwara and they later married. Their daughter Pai Hsiao-yen was born in 1980 but their marriage was quickly dissolved the next year after Kajiwara engaged in an extramarital affair and committed domestic violence. Pai Ping-ping had to return to Taiwan and raised Hsiao-yen as a single mother. Since mid-1980s, Pai has been gaining popularity for her bantering style, becoming one of the best-known Taiwanese entertainers.[citation needed] Richard Lloyd-Parry of The Independent described Pai as the "Cilla Black of Taiwan".[1] Besides her entertainment career, Pai also had significant investments in local catering service industry.[citation needed]

In 1997 Pai Hsiao-yen, then 16 years old, was kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered. This event subsequently made the elder Pai into a social activist to advocate the use of death penalty; Pai founded the Swallow Foundation and chaired it to date to advocate capital punishment as well as provide legal support to local crime victims. Lloyd-Parry described the attention around the murder of Pai's daughter as giving Pai "a greater, though more terrible, fame than she had as an entertainer."[1] In 2010, in the wake of the global anti-capital punishment movement, Pai successfully held a protest against former ROC Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng, resulting in Wang's resignation and the resumption of executions in the Republic of China.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1978 Karate Wars カラテ大戦争
1983 Chinese Magic 中國法術
1990 The Hilarious Army 大笑兵團
Ghost Married 鬼出嫁 Hua
Seventh Moon 七月鬼門開
1992 Kongfu Kids 沒大沒小
1994 Lonely Hearts Club 寂寞芳心俱樂部
1997 Yours and Mine 我的神經病
2010 Comedy Makes You Cry 拍賣春天 Lingling
2016 Like Life 人生按個讚

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1994 The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants 七俠五義 Gu Atao
2006 Emerald on the Roof 屋顶上的绿宝石 Fang Min
2007 Love at First Fight 武十郎 Lei Laohu
I Shall Succeed 我一定要成功 Chen Suchun

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lloyd-Parry, Richard. "Celebrity killings stir rage in Taiwan". The Independent. Sunday July 13, 1997. Retrieved on December 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Taiwan justice minister resigns over death penalty". BBC. Friday March 12, 2010. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.

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