Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who was imprisoned in 2019. Photo: Getty Images Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who was imprisoned in 2019. Photo: Getty Images
Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who was imprisoned in 2019. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Unlike today’s princesses in peril, those in imperial China rarely made headlines

  • Chinese princesses rarely made the history books, with not even their names warranting a mention in official records
  • Exceptions were the Tang dynasty’s princesses Taiping, a ruthless royal, and Anle, a murderous daughter

Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who was imprisoned in 2019. Photo: Getty Images Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who was imprisoned in 2019. Photo: Getty Images
Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who was imprisoned in 2019. Photo: Getty Images
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.