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TV Host and Fashion Icon Who Introduced China to the World

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

By WANG LINYAN | China Daily

Yue-Sai Kan broke the mold with her '80s travel show before launching an inspirational cosmetics line

Today, Chinese people travel and study abroad, watch blockbusters at cinemas, order international fashion brands online, and do business with people from other countries.

But 32 years ago, in 1986, Chinese people mainly saw the outside world only by watching television at home-starting with Yue-Sai Kan's One World.

The 15-minute show, which aired twice a week in Chinese and later in English, was the first travel program on Chinese TV. It brought Western society to an audience of 300 million Chinese.

Viewers saw the pyramids in Egypt, the Acropolis in Greece, the River Thames in Britain, baseball games in the United States, and much more. The show was also packed with ideas and issues.

"In those early years, we talked about ecological problems, environmental problems, housing for the poor, equal rights for women in Sweden. I talked about things like that, which they (Chinese people) hadn't even started to think about at that time," Kan said. "The goal was to give a global view to the Chinese audience."

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