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#1 whipsandchains

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 06:34 PM

Ching Shi was a female pirate in late Qing Dynasty. She was married Ching Yi and later to their adopted son Zhang Bozai. She was known as the pirate queen of the South China sea.

Does anybody have any detailed information about her or know where to get a decent biography?

Also, was her real name ever recorded?

Edited by whipsandchains, 17 August 2007 - 06:36 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2007 - 06:10 PM

I've heard her being called Cheng I Sao, but that just means "wife of Cheng". I thought Ching Shih was her name, or does that mean the same thing?

I saw a nice long article on her in this forum under the name Cheng I Sao, but it sounds like she married someone else there...

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 05:43 PM

I've heard her being called Cheng I Sao, but that just means "wife of Cheng". I thought Ching Shih was her name, or does that mean the same thing?

I saw a nice long article on her in this forum under the name Cheng I Sao, but it sounds like she married someone else there...


Ching Shi is probably the Cantonese pronounciation of the Cheng Shi. It means the woman who has the maiden name of Cheng, not the wife of Cheng. Cheng I Sao was the female pirate, and the name just meant that she was the wife of "Cheng I". I don't think her name was recorded. If you truely wanted her maiden name, you may want to go to the place she retired and check to see if the local county records in Qing dynasty have anything written about her. Since she was a daughter and a prostitute early in her life, her father's family would not keep any record of her. Also, there was a thread in CHF talking about her background. You may also find her information on the web -- search fo Chiese pirates.




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