Descendants of PRC leaders

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 Editor's note

The "third red generation" refers to the grandchildren of the founders of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Their parents, the "second red generation," are mostly senior government officials. Many people expected the third red generation to follow suit, but to most people's surprise, some chose an unorthodox, high-profile artistic life.



 Ye Mingzi:  Fashion designer, granddaughter of Marshal Ye Jianying

When Ye Mingzi was a child, most children her age had never seen a plane. But if you asked her what a plane looked like, she would tell you it could only carry two or three people. She was referring to the plane of her grandfather, Ye Jianying, one of the top 10 marshals in China.

As a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Design in London, Ye now has a design studio in Beijing and serves as a private fashion consultant to many celebrities in Hong Kong. >>

 Ye Jingzi:   Culture company director, granddaughter of marshal Ye Jianying

Ye Jingzi is also Marshal Ye Jianying's granddaughter. She is now the director of a Hong Kong-based culture company. Her husband is the eldest grandson of veteran General Wang Zhen.

Ye says her family's stories are much more interesting than TV shows. "I have four grandmothers. My father and my uncles and aunts were born to different mothers, but they are very close to each other," Ye said. >>

 Wan Baobao:  Jewelry designer, granddaughter of former NPC chairman Wan Li

Wan Baobao has been accustomed to all kinds of grand scenes since childhood. When she was five, she dined with the heads of foreign governments. When she was 19, she became the first Chinese debutante to be invited to the famed Bal des Débutantes at Hotel Crillon in Paris, a unique forum for the presentation of the world's most eligible young ladies.

Now Wan has a jewelry design studio in Hong Kong. Her design features flowers, leaves, bamboo shoots, butterflies and the Forbidden City. >>


 Chen Xiaodan:  Granddaughter of China's early economic planner Chen Yun

Chen Xiaodan's grandfather is Chen Yun, a senior official in charge of economic planning in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2006, Chen was invited to the Bal des Débutantes at the Hôtel Crillon and danced the first dance.

Rumor has it that Chen is currently dating Bo Guagua, whose grandfather was a senior official during the Mao era and whose father is currently the Party secretary of Chongqing. Bo once studied philosophy at Oxford University and is now studying at Harvard Kennedy School. >>


  Zhuo Yue:  Charity activist, granddaughter of Deng Xiaoping

Zhuo Yue is the granddaughter of Deng Xiaoping. She graduated from Wellesley College. In 2003, she set up a public relations company in China and has been engaged in philanthropy ever since. So far, her company has raised 80 million yuan (US$12 million) for the handicapped and earthquake victims.

Zhuo is married to Feng Bo, initiator of a risk venture well-known for helping seek financing in the late 1990s. Feng's father was an early leader of the China Democratic League, one of the eight non-Communist parities in China. >>


 Hong Huang:  Publisher, blogger, granddaughter of politician Zhang Shizhao

Hong Huang is a fashion icon in China. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of fashion magazine iLook. She is also a popular writer. Her blog has attracted more than 100 million page views.

Hong's step-grandfather is Zhang Shizhao, an eminent politician of the 20th century. Her mother is Zhang Hanzhi, a senior diplomat and English tutor of Mao Zedong. Her stepfather is Qiao Guanhua, former foreign minister during the establishment of relationships between China and the US. She was once married to Chen Kaige, a film director who won the Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for Farewell My Concubine>>

 Kong Dongmei:   Publisher, granddaughter of Mao Zedong

Kong Dongmei, Mao Zedong's granddaughter, runs a private publishing house in Beijing. Of Mao's grandchildren, Kong looks most like Mao.

Her grand family background doesn't bother her too much. "I'm living like everyone else. I am just who I am," Kong said. >>


 Zheng Xiaochen:  Web celebrity, rumored to be of good ancestry

Zheng Xiaochen, a graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Design in London, is better known by his online nickname "Poison."

There are three popular versions of his family background. One says his grandfathers were both veteran generals. The second says his grandfather was Marshal Ye Jianying. The third says his grandfather was Marshal Lin Biao, who allegedly plotted to seize power from Mao Zedong in the early 1970s. Nonetheless, Zheng rose to fame quickly on the Web with his handsome looks, unique fashion taste and mysterious background. >>



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