Wu Ming-hsia

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Born(1941 -12-21)December 21, 1941
Shuili, Nantou
Died(2017-01-07)January 7, 2017
OccupationOpera Aactress

Wu Ming-hsia (21 December 1941 – 7 January 2017), stage name Hsiao Ming Ming. Born in Shuili, Nantou, Wu was a Taiwanese opera actress of sheng (male role). Together with Liu Ching, Yang Li-hua, and Yeh Ching, they were known as the Four Heavenly Kings of Taiwanese opera. She was the mother of the famous actor Shih Yi-nan.[1] [2]She passed away on 7 January 2017 after a fall at her home.


Wu Ming-hsia was born in a Taiwanese opera family. When she was around thirteen, her father Wu Tien-ting organized the Chung Ming Opera Troupe in Tianzhong. Wu Ming-hsia, whose stage name was Hsiao Mi Hsia (“little shrimp”) at the time, would play the walk-on characters in the troupe. After she officially took the leading role of xiaosheng(young male role) in The Wife who Raises Her Husband, her stage name was changed to Hsiao Ming Ming. [3][4]

Following the death of her father and the disbandment of the troupe, Hsiao Ming Ming participated in troupes including Nan Hsing Opera Troupe, Kuang Hua Hsing Theater in Syuejia, and Pao Feng Opera Troupe[3]. In Sai Chin Pao Opera Troupe, she made her movie debut Jiang Zi-Ya Descends the Mountain and participated in many other Taiwanese opera movies. Later, she also worked with other directors and filmed various types of Mandarin and Taiwanese films such as the Blind Girl series, during which she also went to the Philippines to perform on stage with the troupe. [4]

After returning to Taiwan, she performed in the TV Taiwanese opera Goddess Luo in Yu Lien Opera Troupe, starting her career in TV Taiwanese opera. Hsiao Ming Min had founded Ming Ming Opera Troupe and Ming Hsia Opera Troupe, in which she was both a producer and the lead[5][6]. She has appeared in nearly forty TV Taiwanese opera produced by Taiwan Television (TTV), China Television Company (CTV), and Chinese Television System (CTS); for instance, Mandarin-Taiwanese TV Taiwanese opera Husband and Wife for Seven Lives. She was invited to perform in Goddess Luo at the “Folk Theater” in 1984 and co-performed with Shih Hui-chun and Hsiao Mi in Goddess Luo again at the invitation of the Public Television Service (PTS) in 2000. [4]

Since 2002, Hsiao Ming Min had devoted herself to passing on the legacy of Taiwanese opera through teaching. In 2014, She won the honorary title of “Taipei Master of Traditional Arts.” [7]She passed away on 7 January 2017 after a fall at her home.[8]


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