Pai Ping-ping

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Pai Ping-ping
PaiPingPing@Taipei New Year's Eve Party 2011.JPG
Chinese name 白冰冰 (traditional)
Chinese name 白冰冰 (simplified)
Pinyin Bái Bīngbīng (Mandarin)
Birth name 白月娥
Origin  Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1955-05-17) 17 May 1955 (age 61)
Keelung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Occupation Singer, Actress, Media personality, Social activist
Years active 1973-present
Spouse(s) Ikki Kajiwara(1979–1981, divorced)
Children Pai Hsiao-yen (deceased)
Official website Pai Ping-ping Official Blog
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Pai.

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


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]

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  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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