In a time of high political tension for China and its autonomous regions, many mainland Chinese celebrities have come forth to express their support and pride for the five star flag. But sometimes, it is better to just stay silent, as many Chinese celebrities have been under attack for having children born overseas, specifically in the United States.
CCTV host Dong Qing (董卿) came under intense media scrutiny when it was revealed that she went to the United States to have her children.
Xingxing, eldest child of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and singer Wang Feng (汪峰), was born in the United States in December 2015. Currently expecting their second child, it is said that the couple plan to move back to the United States to welcome the baby.
But Dong Qing and Zhang Ziyi are far from being the only Chinese celebrities who have American-born children.
Chinese actress Jenny Zhang (張嘉倪), best known for playing Xojam Chenbi in Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>, have two sons, both born in the United States. Jenny, a “flag bearer,” has professed support for the Hong Kong police on social media.
Kimi, eldest son of Taiwanese actor Jimmy Lin (林志穎) and model Kelly Chen (陳若儀), was born in Los Angeles in 2009. Jimmy said they chose to give birth in the United States for additional privacy.
Former CCTV journalist Chai Jing (柴靜), creator of the banned documentary Under the Dome <穹頂之下>, gave birth to a daughter in the United States in 2013.
Due to China’s restricting population control policies, Chinese actor Huang Bo (黃渤) and his wife decided to have their daughter in the United States in 2014.
Chinese actors who have children born in the United States include Stephy Qi (戚薇), Tamia Liu (劉濤), Crystal Huang (黃奕), and Wang Baoqiang (王寶強).
Renowned Chinese director Chen Kaige (陳凱歌) and his wife Chen Hong (陳紅) had their second son, actor Arthur Chen (陳飛宇), in the United States in 2000. Arthur has been in the industry since he was 10 years old, when he took on a part in his father’s film Sacrifice <趙氏孤兒>.
Jackie Chan (成龍) secretly wed Joan Lin (林鳳嬌) in 1982, and the couple welcomed their son, actor Jaycee Chan (房祖名), that same year in Los Angeles. Hong Kong actress Shirley Yeung (楊思琦) gave birth to her daughter Krystal Yeung (楊卓穎) in March 2013, in the United States.
Martial arts star Vincent Zhao (趙文卓) has four children, all born overseas. His first child, a son with his ex-girlfriend, was born in Canada in 2002. His first child with wife Zhang Danlu (張丹露), a daughter, was born in the United States in 2007. Their son was born in Hong Kong in 2011. In 2016, they welcomed their second daughter in Hong Kong.
Even Chinese athletes have children born in the United States. Retired gymnas Li Xiaopeng (李小鵬) married Chinese American woman Angel Li (李安琪) in 2010. The couple have two children: daughter Olivia and son Max, both born in Los Angeles. Retired NBA star Yao Ming (姚明), former athlete for the Houston Rockets and the most famous Chinese basketball player of all time, currently resides in the United States. His daughter Amy was born in Houston, Texas.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.