Kao Chin Su-mei
Kao Chin Su-mei at a March 2008 protest
|Member of the Legislative Yuan|
|Assumed office |
1 February 2002
|Preceded by||Kao Yang-sheng|
21 September 1965
Heping, Taichung County, Taiwan
|Political party||Independent (2001–2004) |
Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (2004–present)
|Domestic partner||Kenny Ho (1989–1993) |
Xu Zhiyuan (2010–2013)
|Alma mater||Minzu University of China|
|Occupation||politician, former actress, former singer|
|Other names||Ciwas Ali |
|Kao Chin Su-mei|
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.
Chin Su-mei was born in Heping Township, Taichung County (present day part of Taichung City), Taiwan. 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.
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.
In 1998, Chin was diagnosed with liver cancer and had to retire from the entertainment industry. She recovered after a surgery in the following year in 1999.
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 General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Hu Jintao. At the meeting, General Secretary 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."
As a parliament member, Chin is dedicated to the benefits of Taiwanese Aborigines, hence receiving strong support from her constituents.
Chin was never married. She was once in a relationship with Hong Kong actor Kenny Ho whom she first met on the set of the Taiwanese drama Endless Love in 1989. They later separated in 1993, and still remain good friends. Chin and Ho agreed that if they are still single by the age of 60, they would spend the rest of their lives together.
In 2006, it was reported by the Taiwanese media Next Magazine that she had a long and lasting extramarital affair with the Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan between mid-2000s and early 2010s.
|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|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|1989||Endless Love||不了情||Zeng Jiayu|
|Three Flowers||三朵花||Zhang Nianchen|
|1992||Fate||緣||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|
|1||Kao Chin Su-mei||Independent||8,909||10.42%||Yes|
|2||Lee Wen-lai (李文來)||People First Party||8,259||9.66%|
|3||Ho Hsin-chun (何信軍)||Kuomintang||8,530||9.97%|
|4||Yu Meng-tyieh (余夢蝶)||Democratic Progressive Party||5,132||6.00%|
|5||Yisao Ludao (伊掃·魯刀)||Independent||790||0.92%|
|7||Walis Perin||Taiwan Number One Party||9,194||10.75%||Yes|
|9||Lin Wen-sheng (林文生)||Taiwan Solidarity Union||4,092||4.78%|
|10||Lin Chun-te||People First Party||8,647||10.11%||Yes|
|11||Payen Talu||Democratic Progressive Party||4,567||5.34%|
|12||Tseng Hua-te (曾華德)||Kuomintang||13,982||16.35%||Yes|
|1||Walis Perin||Non-Partisan Solidarity Union||9,415||11.54%|
|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||Democratic Progressive Party||5,785||7.09%|
|7||Kung Wen-chi (孔文吉)||Kuomintang||17,307||21.21%||Yes|
|8||Lin Wen-sheng||Taiwan Solidarity Union||3,719||4.56%|
|9||Lin Chun-te||People First Party||12,179||14.93%||Yes|
|1||Syue Yi-jhen (薛宜蓁)||Civil Party||443||0.53%|
|4||Hou Jin-jhu (侯金助)||Democratic Progressive Party||4,420||5.24%|
|5||Kao Chin Su-mei|| Non-Partisan Solidarity Union
|6||Lin Chun-te||People First Party||14,265||16.91%|
|7||Sung Jen-ho (宋仁和)||Taiwan Constitution Association||168||0.20%|
|1||Tseng Chih-yung (曾智勇)||Democratic Progressive Party||9,968||8.54%|
|2||Kao Chin Su-mei|| Non-Partisan Solidarity Union
|3||Chiu Wen-sheng (邱文生)||Independent||1,481||1.26%|
|5||Walis Perin||People First Party||15,533||13.30%|
|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%|
|4||Walis Perin||Democratic Progressive Party||16,658||14.75%|
|5||Yilan Mingjinuan (伊藍·明基努安)||Faith and Hope League||7,750||6.86%|
|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|| Non-Partisan Solidarity Union
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