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.

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). Fāng Zhì was a Chinese diplomat.

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

Sui is a maternal descendant of the Fang clan of Tongcheng, Anhui, which has produced many scholars and philosophers. She is an 18th generation descendant of Fang Bao, a Chinese poet who founded the Tongcheng School of literary prose popular throughout the Qing Empire.

She is also descended from Fang Gongcheng, tutor of the imperial palace, and Fang Guancheng, Viceroy of Zhili, seated at Tianjin, from 1749 to 1768.


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