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pera master who shared equal popularity with his contemporary, Mei Lanfang, as the spokesman of the Shanghai School.

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er mother, a woman with a western educational background, kept spurring her on by instilling the importance of independence and hard work.

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y and began her solo westward journey to the UK, where she made her way to RADA and became the school’s first Chinese student.

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r-tall Asian woman would end up nowhere, as London’s theater scene was never short of Eastern faces.

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In the 1960s, aside from captivating western audiences by playing doe-eyed Chinese beauties in James Bond and Fu Manchu film

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e to a stage drama, The World of Suzie Wong, in which she bared her shoulder in a satin slip as Suzie Wong, a Hong Kong courtesan.

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