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Chang Chien-Ying

Full name: Chang Chien-Ying
Original name: 張 茜英
Gender: Female
Born: May 25, 1913 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Died: November 7, 2003 in Finchley, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: CHN China
Sport: Art Competitions

Related Olympians: Wife of Cheng Wu-Fei.


Chang Chien-Ying studied at Central University at Nanking, where she met her future husband, [Cheng Wu-Fei]. They both won British Council grants to study in Britain and achieved places at the Slade, where they were influenced by British painter Stanley Spencer. They began their studies in Britain in Western Painting Techniques in 1946. After the communist takeover of China they remained in Great Britain. She presented traditional Chinese painting skills all over the country and also presented Chinese cooking in the television, while her husband started an academic career.

She worked as a calligrapher and therefore received orders to illustrate books of poems and several film-sets about China. One of her best friends was comedian Bob Hope at that time. She also designed some work for famous fashion designer Christian Dior and sung in Peking Opera productions.

After her husband's death she returned twice to Shanghai but found that she recognized nothing. Chang Chien-Ying and her husband arranged that when they had both died their ashes were to be scattered in front of the magnolia trees at Kenwood House, Hampstead.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 35 London Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Paintings China CHN AC

Mixed Painting, Paintings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1948 Summer 35 London Art Competitions China Final Standings AC Swaying (Water colour)
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