My grandma passed 3 months ago in Feb, age 93, of natural causes. I spent a lot of time scanning photos she left behind for her funeral and scanned more over quarantine.

My grandma, 梁萍 (Leung Ping / Teresa Leung; sometimes "Liang" instead) was a prominent "shidaiqu" pop singer under EMI/Pathé in Shanghai, who grew up in and witnessed hardships during the Chinese Civil War, Sino-Japanese War/WW2 and Communist Revolution. Upon the latter, shidaiqu was banned, deemed "Yellow Music" (in Chinese, "yellow", 黄, is a pun for "pornographic"). She fled to and continued singing in Hong Kong, then Singapore, before mostly retiring in San Francisco.

She was very private of these photos—I'd never seen them before she passed. My aunt reflected how she once asked her if she could look at them, and she smirked, "You can look at them when I go."

Here's a playlist of her music.

This is a condensed version, so you can visit my original Facebook album to see more.

More info: Facebook

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Photo Model, Around 50s

Photo Model, Around 50s

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

What a beauty!

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Photos are mostly focused on the 1940s, 50s (most prominent) and 60s, with a bit into modern times; and focused on her career, with a little bit of her personal life.

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With Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd, And Run Run Shaw

With Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd, And Run Run Shaw

w/ Run Run Shaw (Shaw Bros.), Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Mike Todd (who'd pass away only 4 months later in a plane accident). Singapore, November 1957. She was asked by Shaw to be a representative of the Singaporean entertainment industry to greet Taylor.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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4 months ago

What an amazing photograph!

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#3

In Her Wedding Gown

In Her Wedding Gown

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robbie2499
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4 months ago

Nothing short of stunning....

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I originally shared these on Facebook to an overwhelmingly positive response and figured the Bored Panda community might appreciate a look too, into the past of times gone by.

#4

A Proud Mama With My Mom!

A Proud Mama With My Mom!

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

Aw! She looks so very happy!

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With Her Mom, My Great-Grandma

With Her Mom, My Great-Grandma

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

Indescribably moving.

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This is a condensed version, so you can visit my original Facebook album to see more.

#6

Obligatory Selfie, Nye 2013. We Miss You!

Obligatory Selfie, Nye 2013. We Miss You!

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Susanna Latvaniemi
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4 months ago

Still beatiful <3

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All Styled-Up

All Styled-Up

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

She just shines.

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#8

Beautiful Black Dress

Beautiful Black Dress

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

She's so incredibly elegant and yet so friendly looking.

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#9

With Marian Anderson

With Marian Anderson

w/ Marian Anderson, one of the most important African-American singers who helped break many racial barriers. 1957.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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4 months ago

What an incredible photograph and memory! Your grandmother met some amazing people!

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#10

In A Cool Background

In A Cool Background

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

Classic fashion!

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#11

A Candid Photo

A Candid Photo

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Jennifer Johnson
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4 months ago

can't look at this without smiling =)

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#12

She Still Looks Beautiful

She Still Looks Beautiful

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

She most definitely is beautiful.

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#13

Posing With A Bike

Posing With A Bike

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Vicenç Feliú
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4 months ago

That's not just any old bike, that's a Royal Enfield.

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#14

Looks Like A Shot From A Movie

Looks Like A Shot From A Movie

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Kenny Kulbiski
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4 months ago

Yep! I'm thinking elegant undercover agents, midnight rendezvous, narrow escapes, and high adventures. To much noir on TMC probably.

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#15

Heyday

Heyday

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Cristina S.
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4 months ago

That’s a beautiful dress she has on!

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#16

A Watercolor Painting Of My Grandma In '89, Which Hanged In The Hallway Of Her House

A Watercolor Painting Of My Grandma In '89, Which Hanged In The Hallway Of Her House

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*Clears throat*
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4 months ago

So very pretty gives off the essence of a beautiful woman!

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#17

I'm Guessing This Was A Broadcasted Live Performance On Radio Malaya

I'm Guessing This Was A Broadcasted Live Performance On Radio Malaya

Malaya is a former name of Malaysia, that Singapore was part of until 1965... well, basically. The 50s and 60s were a crazy time between the UK, Malaysia, and Singapore).

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spharoe
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4 months ago

Dress, chrome mic... and All. That. Jazz.

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#18

In Malaya, In Kedazaan-Dusun Tribe Clothing

In Malaya, In Kedazaan-Dusun Tribe Clothing

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SweetPsycho
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4 months ago

Beautiful woman in beautiful tribal clothing.

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#19

With My Aunt

With My Aunt

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Jackie Burnham
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4 months ago

Gotta love the way a mom looks at her baby

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#20

Beer Ad

Beer Ad

Advertisement for German beer, Beck's. Was told that "Kunchi" is Malaysian for "key".

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Steffi Lowin
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4 months ago

This is my hometown beer. The key is Our city's symbol, thats the connection

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#21

Another Newspaper Clipping, Competing For Miss Hong Kong

Another Newspaper Clipping, Competing For Miss Hong Kong

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Chrissie Mörbe
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4 months ago

Which number is she? I'm guessing no. 32?

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#22

With Yao Lee (I Believe That Is)

With Yao Lee (I Believe That Is)

I speculate that may be Yao Lee by my grandma. Yao Lee was an important singer of shidaiqu, one of the "Seven Great Singing Stars" of Shanghai, and helped my grandma's singing career. The two of them would sing together over the radio. You may have heard her music recently in the film, "Crazy Rich Asians."

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Richard Tay
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4 months ago

The lady on the left is not Yao Li. I know the were great friends, and had the honour of having dinner with both ladies in Hong Kong in 1992.

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#23

A 1967 Release, I Believe

A 1967 Release, I Believe

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sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

Very pretty !!!

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#24

40s-50s

40s-50s

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Vicenç Feliú
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4 months ago

What a fantastic life your grandmother must have lived. Great post.

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#25

Another Obligatory Selfie

Another Obligatory Selfie

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sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

A beautiful baby !!!

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#26

On A Bicycle

On A Bicycle

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

With heels!

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#27

Concert

Concert

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Richard Tay
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4 months ago

I think this clam backdrop is the Cathay hotel nightclub restaurant in Singapore. It was very grand and they only had the top performers work there and you had to sing in English too.

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Still Performing In The 70s!

Still Performing In The 70s!

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Felicia Dale
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4 months ago

Fabulous!

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#29

Broadcasting Ad

Broadcasting Ad

Broadcasting ad, sponsored by a multivitamins company and some good ol' Danish beer.

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Ang.stl
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4 months ago

I’m guessing this is a photo or paper ad, and I have to say it has aged well. It and, more importantly, your grandma look beautiful!! She is so regal in every outfit I’ve seen; SHE has made the outfit look good, not the other way around.

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Concert

Concert

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sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

So beautiful !!!

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#31

Looks Like A Show

Looks Like A Show

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spharoe
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4 months ago

This. Oh wow.

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#32

Showing Off A Vinyl Cabinet

Showing Off A Vinyl Cabinet

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sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

It seems that, aging never showed !!!

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#33

Another Take From The Celebrity Party

Another Take From The Celebrity Party

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logical fallacy
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4 months ago

Elizabeth Taylor did have a thing for bling, didn't she. Just look at those earrings.

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#34

In Her Youth

In Her Youth

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Moo Moo Futch
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4 months ago

Stunning lady in all parts of her life.

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With Carrie Koo Mei

With Carrie Koo Mei

I am not sure who that is to picture-left, but at the right is 顧媚 (Gu Mei / Carrie Koo Mei), another prominent shidaiqu singer, who also starred in a few Shaw Bros. films, before retiring to Vancouver to become a painter.

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Richard Tay
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4 months ago

I think the lady on the left is fellow singer T’seng Chi Ping.

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#36

Not Sure If She's At Recording Studio Or On Radio

Not Sure If She's At Recording Studio Or On Radio

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Virginia Souza
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4 months ago

thank you for sharing a wonder story of a wonderful singer

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#37

Singing Or Talking To An Auditorium

Singing Or Talking To An Auditorium

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Donna Lucille
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4 months ago

Your grandmother was way ahead of her time! You must be so proud of her!

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#38

Another Newspaper Clipping

Another Newspaper Clipping

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Jennifer Johnson
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4 months ago

i love that style of swim suit

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#39

Singing On Radio Rediffusion In Hong Kong

Singing On Radio Rediffusion In Hong Kong

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Vicki Napoleon
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4 months ago

You must be so proud of her! Did you have any idea that she was so talented and popular? She is so beautiful in all of these photo's ~ thank you so much for sharing all of them with us!! She was a remarkable woman!

#40

Playing With The Band

Playing With The Band

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sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

Looks like an outdoor concert, very impressive !!!

#41

Writing... A Letter, Or A Song?

Writing... A Letter, Or A Song?

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Amelia Ratfire
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4 months ago

She was a beautiful woman! Thank you, I enjoyed your post. You will see her again in the next world. Young and beautiful again!

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