Birth Name: Noelie da Souza Machado
Date of Birth: 25 December, 1929
Place of Birth: Shanghai, China
Date of Death: December 18, 2016
Place of Death: Stony Brook, New York, U.S.
Ethnicity: Portuguese, Chinese [including Macanese], Konkani Goan
China Machado was a Chinese-born Portuguese-American fashion model, editor, and television producer.
She was born in Shanghai, China, to a Portuguese father, from Macau, and a Chinese mother, from Hong Kong. Her maternal grandfather was originally from Goa, India. China’s ethnic background has been described as “the by-product of 400 years of intermarriage between Portuguese colonials and local women in Eastern trading ports such as Goa and Macao, where her mother’s and father’s families were respectively from.”
China spoke Portuguese at home, as well as French, English, and Chinese. After WWII, her family moved to Argentina, Peru, and Spain.
China was married to businessperson and furniture exporter Riccardo Rosa, until her death. She had two children with her former husband, French-Uruguayan actor Martin LaSalle.