In the also 3 decades, no one has influenced Chinese society more than Yue-Sai Kan

Joy Chen , Author

YUE-SAI KAN / 靳羽西

Emmy-Winning Television Host and Producer / Successful Entrepreneur

Fashion Icon / Bestselling Author / Humanitarian

Yue-Sai Kan is an Emmy-winning television host and producer, successful entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian.  People magazine called her "the most famous woman in China” and Time magazine proclaimed her "the Queen of the Middle Kingdom."

In 1972, Yue-Sai created the weekly television series "Looking East", the first of its kind to introduce Asian cultures and customs to a growing and receptive American audience.  The series garnered critical acclaim and won dozens of awards.   In 1984, PBS invited Yue-Sai to host the first live broadcast of a television program from China on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China.  Two years later the television series "One World" produced and hosted by Yue-Sai aired on China’s national television network CCTV, with a weekly viewership of 300 million.  It was the first time a non-Chinese citizen hosted a TV series in China.  At that time with her broadcast in both China and the United States, she was the most watched woman in the world.  Yue-Sai's many other TV credits include the ABC documentary "China Walls and Bridges", which earned her a coveted Emmy Award, "Journey through a Changing China", which was syndicated across the country, and more  recent shows including "Yue-Sai's World" and "Yue-Sai's World Expo".

In 1992, Yue-Sai created the Yue-Sai Cosmetics brand which grew into China’s leading Cosmetics Company, selling products in more than 800 outlets through 23 regional companies in China's major markets.   More than 90% of the Chinese population today recognizes the brand, which was purchased by L'Oreal in 2004.  Additionally, she has written 9 best-selling books, and in 2000, became the first and only living American featured on a Chinese government-issued postage stamp. 

Throughout her life Yue-Sai has been deeply involved in charitable work. Her many charitable activities include the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and her own fund that builds schools, libraries and awards scholarships to outstanding underprivileged students in high schools and universities in China.  In 2002, UNICEF named her as its first and only Global Chinese “Say Yes for Children” Ambassador.  Yue-Sai also sits on the board of the Ellis Island Honors Society, China Institute in America and Prince Albert of Monaco's Philanthropy Round Table.

Since 2011, Yue-Sai has been helming the Miss Universe China Pageant (www.missuniversechina.com).  She uses the final pageant as Shanghai's most glamorous charity ball.  Attended by over 700 who's who of China, the charity has raised millions to support orphanages, cleft lip and palate correction surgeries and scholarships for students in China's best music, TV and film schools.

Yue-Sai’s official website is www.yuesaikan.com. Her popular micro blog is weibo.com/jinyuxi and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Yue-Sai-Kan-790911007718941/.  Her foundation, the China Beauty Charity Fund’s website is www.friendsofchinabeauty.org.

Updated 11.22.2017

 

Yue-Sai feautured on a 2002 government issued Chinese postage stamp