Kan Yue-Sai is famous in China as well as the United States and her sister is someone we have known for over a decade now.   Her cosmetics were part of a loot bag at a flamboyant wedding in Hong Kong of an established dynastic family who is one of our long-time good friends.

Postcard from Shanghai

Top row:   Yue-Sai Kan at home with friends.
Middle row, l. to r.:
Judy with Sam Shaffer and Simon Lock at IMG-Master Card Peter Som fashion show in Chater Gardens; Judy with artist Ji Wenyu at the Shang Art Gallery, sitting in front of his installation.
Bottom row: Helen Zha (Art consultant to BUND 798), Angela Li (ArtNow Gallery manager), Wang Yihan (Director, China International Gallery Exposition 2008), Mr. Huang Liao Yuan (owner of ArtnNow Gallery), Judy Agisim, Evelyn Lin (Deputy Director, Sotheby's Asia), and Joanna Cappo

"Monday evening was to Yue Sai Kan's fabulous 10,000 square foot apartment in Shanghai's very exclusive "The House". It was a night of celebration for Yue Sai, who is launching a home furnishing company, aptly named House of Yue Sai. Being the most famous and successful (translate wealthiest) businesswoman in all of China, and knowing her taste level, this is certain to be major success! Her apartment ... absolutely exquisite. Talked with sculptor, Guang Ci, whose work will be in Sotheby's September 20th auction in New York City. His agent, Richard Loh, who once lived and owned stores in NYC, told us his primary focus is to help the poor artists in Beijing, to garner exposure for them." - by Judith Agisim, Postcard from Shanghai  NY SOCIAL DIARY  

Yue-Sai Kan

Kan was already a nationally known TV presenter when she founded Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics in 1992. At the time, most Chinese women didn't use cosmetics. Western models dominated the covers of Chinese women's magazines, selling Western styles and standards of beauty. Kan, who grew up in a family of artists in Guilin, gambled that a cosmetics line better suited to Asian skin tones and hair color would change that.

It was a good bet: So many women were willing to spend
6 on a lipstick or 10 on powder cake that by 1996 her company was No.1 in the Chinese market. In January, Kan agreed to sell her brand to L'Oreal for an undisclosed sum, though she continues to run the company. "My brand is personality-driven," Kan says. "The key to my success is my credibility. People trust me."   - by Annie Wang    FORTUNE   9 Oct 2004 

Yue-Sai Kan, a well-known Chinese American in China who made her name in cosmetics and beauty tips for Chinese women, has turned her attention to inner beauty.

Her latest book "Etiquette for the Modern Chinese," which came off the press a few weeks ago, is a sister book to her previous "Yue-sai Kan's Guide to Asian Beauty" in which she claimed there were no ugly women in the world, only those who did not know how to make up properly.

In her new book, Kan states that the saddest man in the world is the one who has nothing but money.

Unlike many other books in the category that introduce Western etiquette, Kan has based the book on her personal experiences in China, a place she has visited frequently since 1986.

She feels strongly that while many Chinese people have become rich overnight in the last two decades, their manners do not match "international practice."

In her book, Kan explains how to behave properly on a variety of occasions, such as in a plane, a bus or an elevator, how to answer phone calls, how to drive, how to conduct oneself in a theatre and even how to behave in a public lavatory.

Kan cites the time she was in the audience at the magnificent Shanghai Grand Theatre, which as a music major she loves so much, with the man sitting next to her shaking his legs and eating loudly.

Besides etiquette, Kan also discusses dress and table manners and many other issues in daily life.

Kan believes she has had ample experience of etiquette across the world interviewing State leaders and monarchs of many countries in her job as a TV producer.

The book, which Kan finished in more than a year's time, is written in simple, easy language to make it accessible to as many readers as possible.

Since coming off the press last month, it has received rave reviews in the local Chinese language newspapers and was number one in the non-art category book sales of mega bookstore Shanghai Book City. People lined up to get Yue-sai Kan's autograph when she attended a book launch at the Book City.

Yue-sai Kan became famous in China when she hosted the weekly TV programme "One World" on China Central Television (CCTV) in 1986.

Since then she has been very active in the country. Her cosmetics company, founded in 1991, formed a $20-million joint venture with cosmetics giant Coty in 1996.

Her image has graced both TV and street billboards, making her a familiar face to lots of Chinese people.   - by Rousseau Chen    SHANGHAI STAR   2 June 2000



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