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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am

Kao Chin Su-mei, 39, is known as Giwasi Ali in her indigenous community and May Chin to her fans

She was born in the aboriginal community of Kukwan in Taichung county, central Taiwan

Her father, Chin Te-pei, is a retired military serviceman originally from Anhui province , while her late mother, Kao Hsiang-mei, was from the aboriginal Taiya tribe

Kao has a senior high school education

She appeared in seven popular TV soap operas, produced five popular albums and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet in 1993

She has been an independent legislator since 2002. She is also chairwoman of the Chin Su-mei Care Foundation and a lifelong volunteer worker for the Liver Cancer Prevention Foundation


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