People magazine called her "the most famous woman in China." Time magazine proclaimed her "the Queen of the Middle Kingdom." The Congressional Record deemed her "the De Facto Citizen Ambassador!"
They all accurately, if not completely, describe Chinese American Yue-Sai Kan, whose life straddles the East and West as an Emmy-winning television producer, best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian.
In 1986, the television series "One World" produced and hosted by Yue-Sai Kan aired on China’s national television network CCTV, giving millions of Chinese the first glimpse of the outside world and made her a household name in China. In 1992, she successfully transformed herself from a TV personality to an entrepreneur by creating the Yue-Sai cosmetics brand which is recognized by over 90% of the Chinese population today. Forbes magazine reported that "she changed the face of China one lipstick at a time!" From 2005 to 2008, her life style television series "Yue-Sai's World" aired nationally in China. Her latest entrepreneurial venture is House of Yue-Sai, an East-meets-West lifestyle retail concept aiming to bring style, elegance and inspiration to Chinese consumers. Major categories include fine furniture, bedding, tableware, lighting, decorative accessories and unique gifts.
Yue-Sai Kan's humanitarian efforts have focused mainly on education and cultural exchanges. She built schools in her hometown Guangxi, and libraries in poor regions in Northern China. Since 2006, she has been serving as Chairman of the Invitation Committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Her involvement has uplifted the status of the Festival to a true international level. Yue-Sai Kan is the first and only living American featured on a Chinese postage stamp.