Anna Sui

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Sui in 2010, photo by

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S

Date of Birth: August 4, 1964

Ethnicity: Chinese, one quarter Japanese, possibly some Tahitian

Anna Sui is an American fashion designer.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Grace Sui Fang (方光琪, Fāng Guāngqí) and Paul Sui (Chinese: 蕭惠光, pinyin: Xiāo Huìguāng). Her parents are of Chinese descent, and met while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Anna was raised in Dearborn, Michigan. Her niece is actress and model Chase Sui Wonders.

Anna’s paternal grandfather was named Xiao Yulan (蕭毓蘭, Xiāo Yùlán). Xiāo Yùlán was a Tahitian-Chinese businessperson.

Anna’s paternal grandmother was named Qiu Daidi (丘帶娣).

Anna’s maternal grandfather was named Fang Chih (Fāng Zhì, the son of Fang Rong (Chinese: 方蓉; pinyin: Fāng Róng, courtesy: 方镜卿)). Chih was born in Tongcheng, Zongyang County, Anhwei Province, Qing Empire, and was a Chinese politician, provincial governor, diplomat, and author. He was a high-ranking Kuomintang official of the Republic of China. Róng was the son of Fang Lanfen, a Qing dynasty author. Chih’s uncle was late Qing Empire Mandarin, scholar, author, and educator Fang Quan.

Anna’s maternal grandmother was named Fang I-chih, born Masue Ueki. I-chih was Japanese.

Anna is a maternal descendant of the Fang clan of Tongcheng, Anhui, notable for many scholars and philosophers. Her ancestors include Fang Bao, a nobleman, courtier, orator, philosopher, poet, scholar, author, and government official in the service of the Qing dynasty; as well as Fang Gongcheng, a tutor at the imperial palace, and Fang Guancheng, Viceroy of Zhili.


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