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Lee Ya-Ching

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Lee Ya-Ching Famous memorial

Birth
Guangdong, China
Death
28 Jan 1998 (aged 85)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA Add to Map
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Aviator and Actress. Also known by her stage name Li Dandan, she was a Chinese film actress, and pioneering aviator. She was the first Chinese woman to be granted a civil aviation license in China, in 1936, and also co-founded its first civilian flying school. At the age of sixteen, she witnessed an airshow in Paris, France which left a strong impression on her. She then began training at the Contran École d'Aviation in Switzerland, where she was the first female student to receive a pilot's license. In 1935 she enrolled in the Boeing School of Aviation in Oakland, California for advanced training and later that year, she returned to China, where she was commissioned by the Chinese government to make a 30,000-mile survey of potential air routes. Additionally, helped to establish the Shanghai Municipal Air School and worked there as a flight instructor until civilian flights were grounded due to the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. Among her other film credits include "A Poet from the Sea" 1927), "Romance of the Western Chamber" (1927), "Five Avenging Women" (1928), "Mulan Joins the Army" (1928), "Don't Change Your Husband" (1929), and "Disputed Passage" (1939).
Aviator and Actress. Also known by her stage name Li Dandan, she was a Chinese film actress, and pioneering aviator. She was the first Chinese woman to be granted a civil aviation license in China, in 1936, and also co-founded its first civilian flying school. At the age of sixteen, she witnessed an airshow in Paris, France which left a strong impression on her. She then began training at the Contran École d'Aviation in Switzerland, where she was the first female student to receive a pilot's license. In 1935 she enrolled in the Boeing School of Aviation in Oakland, California for advanced training and later that year, she returned to China, where she was commissioned by the Chinese government to make a 30,000-mile survey of potential air routes. Additionally, helped to establish the Shanghai Municipal Air School and worked there as a flight instructor until civilian flights were grounded due to the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. Among her other film credits include "A Poet from the Sea" 1927), "Romance of the Western Chamber" (1927), "Five Avenging Women" (1928), "Mulan Joins the Army" (1928), "Don't Change Your Husband" (1929), and "Disputed Passage" (1939).

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/196528073/lee-ya-ching: accessed ), memorial page for Lee Ya-Ching (16 Apr 1912–28 Jan 1998), Find a Grave Memorial ID 196528073, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.