chinese pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 World Premiere, Shanghai

Last week, the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was held here in China at the Shanghai Disneyland Resort!

Fans lined up from early morning for the red carpet event…

Two of my favorite cosplayers from Japan even in flew in and did their best Jack Sparrow impersonations hoping to get Johnny Depp’s attention…

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Brenton Thwaites were all in attendance at the event…

So why am I posting this on Eataku, you may ask? What’s it got to do with food? Well, you see, at the after party, they served special chocolates molded into the shape of Captain Jack’s iconic compass, which plays a big part in this fifth Pirates film…

(Picture by Lisa Huang)

But I’m not going to spoil it for you!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales open May 26th!


Ching Shih 

(1775–1844) (simplified Chinese: 郑氏; traditional Chinese: 鄭氏; pinyin: Zhèng Shì; Cantonese: Jihng Sih; “widow of Zheng”), also known as Cheng I Sao (simplified Chinese: 郑一嫂; traditional Chinese: 鄭一嫂; pinyin: Zhèng Yī Sǎo; Cantonese: Jihng Yāt Sóu; “wife of Zheng Yi”), was a prominent pirate in middle Qing China, who terrorized the China Sea in the early 19th century. A brilliant Cantonese pirate, she commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates — men, women, and even children. She challenged the empires of the time, such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty. Undefeated, she would become one of China and Asia’s strongest pirates, and one of world history’s most powerful pirates. She was also one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy. Ching Shih has featured in numerous books, novels, video games and films in Asia. Read More || Edit


My final concept art project for this semester! I present: ZHENG SHI

We had a semester assignment where we created a visual development project based on an original story. I decided to create art for a story I made a few years ago that takes place in a futuristic Singapore overrun by criminal factions. You play as San, a girl who is working to become the mafia boss and unite all of these warring factions! The title is based on the name Ching Shih, who was a famous female Chinese pirate who lived during the 19th century.

You can see some of the other works I produced for the class on my blog! I will be uploading some character designs soon as well.

Basically, if you mash together Sleeping Dogs, Blade Runner, and Dishonored II, you get my world! This was a labor of love and pretty much a VERY heavy shout-out to some of my favorite video games and films. I’ll be printing these out and making a physical mock-up for a PS4 game as well, so photos will be up soon!

I’m really excited to move on to new projects now that this is over. Thanks for viewing!

Ching Shih 鄭氏 (1775-1844) Cheng I Sao

Ching Shih was one of Asia’s strongest pirates who terrorized the China Sea in the early 19th century. At the height of her power she commanded at least 1000 junks and 20.000 to 40.000 pirates.

Ching Shih was born in 1775 in the Guangdong province under the name of Shil Xiang Gu. She worked as a prostitute in the city Canton, but was captured by pirates and married Zheng Yi, a famous pirate. She participated in her husbands piracy, and together they made a coalition of Cantonese pirates, known as the Red Flag Fleet.

When Zheng Yi died in 1807, Ching Shih took over leadership. To stop her rivals she sought support of powerful members of her husbands family. She also made herself essential to the remaining captains of the Red Flag Fleet. When she needed someone loyal to help her manage the fleets daily operations, she chose Chang Pao, her husbands first mate. Ching Shih and Chang Pao eventually married and she had a child with him.

Ching Shih further united the Red Flag Fleet by making a code of very strict laws. Special rules were made for female captives: standard practice was to either release women or make them concubines or wives, but this was not allowed on Ching Shih’s fleet. Pirates who raped the captives were executed, but if they had consensual sex with captives, both the pirate and the woman would be killed.

The fleet took control over many coastal villages, sometimes even imposing levies and taxes. The Chinese, Portugese and British navies all tried to defeat Ching Shih, but none succeeded, so eventually in 1810 they offered amnesty to all pirates. Ching Shih began negotiations with government official Zhang Bai Ling and got everything she asked for: she even could keep her loot. Ching Shih then ended her career, and returned to Canton after Chang Pao’s death with her son to open a gambling house, becoming one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy. She eventually died of old age at 69.

Piracy In 16th Century China

Okay, I ain’t gonna say that piracy started in 16th century China ‘cause I don’t think it’s true–I think piracy was always present, peeps were always thieving by sea and shiz, especially when times were hard. But the thing is, we didn’t know that piracy was a thing till like years later, when academics looked at historical records and saw that people were plunderin’ like crazy. Also, it’s a lot harder to get a hold of stuff recorded earlier on 'cause it was probably lost to time so it’s pretty difficult to say what happened then.

Anyway, enough waffling. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty bits.

How The Hell Did Piracy Begin In The 1500s?

Answer: The Portuguese. There was this dude called Diogo Lopes de Sequeira who arrived in Malacca in 1509 to trade and shiz, and this dude called Afonso de Albuquerque (who would conquer Malacca later) asked Jorge Álvares to go explore China and shiz, so he did and put a flag on “Tuen Mun” island in Guangdong in 1513.  Then Rafael Perestrello came by, to trade in 1516. This was followed by Fernão Peres de Andrade in 1517, who was under Afonso de Albuquerque, who was also the governor of Malacca. Andrade also came to Guangdong and docked along the Pearl River estuary with 8 ships on 15 August.

There they asked the Chinese peeps if they could totally have porcelain and silk at Canton, but the Chinese naval commander was kinda suspicious so he made them stay there for a month. Finally, Andrade got impatient and threatened to sail upwards without permission, so the naval commander was all, “Ok ok, chill, man,” and gave him peeps to assist him when he travelled.

So these peeps finally got to Guangdong, and the first thing they did was to fire their cannons (yeah, real smart move there) 'cause they thought they were being friendly. But the Chinese were all, “WTF? Are they gonna like, kill us or something?” so they thought they had to be wary of these foreigners.

Durin’ that period of time, Malacca had been conquered by the Portuguese, and Chinese peeps were a bit pissed wit’ that 'cause the previous King of Malacca always paid tribute to the court. The Portuguese peeps had some 'splaining to do, and they said that some Chinese merchants were obviously oppressed in Malacca and so they helped free said peeps. This didn’t go over wll wit’ errybody, 'cause these merchants in Malacca weren’t supposed to trade overseas in the first place, according to Chinese law.

Despite that, the Canton officials still gave them a place to stay and brought their goods ashore. But then Andrade was all, “Hmm, Imma send a ship to Fujian to see if we can trade there,” so they thought he was totally a spy. Andrade also sent one of his captains, this dude called Jorge de Mascarenhas to see if there was gold in the Ryukyu islands, too.

Fernão Pires de Andrade’s Bro Fucks Shit Up

At this point in time, Simão de Andrade, who was the brother of Fernão came to China, too. He built a fort at the centre of Tuen Mun island, and errbody was like, “Whoa, okay, what the hell?” The dude even executed a Portuguese dude and stopped all other foreigners from trading there, which was a pretty dick move. A Chinese official came to solve this problem, but Simão hit the official and his hat came off.

His atrocities didn’t really stop there, 'cause he was kidnappin’ and buyin’ Chinese kids as slaves and selling them to other Chinese peeps. He even sold some of them to Diu, which was in western India. The dude still stayed in China until 1520. 

Simão de Andrade also went to Xiamen and Ningbo, and when his men were cheated out of their money by the Chinese, he got so angry and asked his men to pillage and capture the women in town.

So, y'know, things got worse and the Chinese killed the guys under Simão.

Next: Andrade Gets An Audience Wit’ The Emperor

POC that should get musicals written about them

  • Anna May Wong, actress and Hollywood style icon during the 20s and 30s (I’m so gay for Anna May Wong like honestly)
  • Sessue Hayakawa, an actor, director, and producer who founded his own film studio to combat the lack of lead roles for Asian and Asian-american Hollywood actors (also INCREDIBLY hot)
  • Ida B Wells; suffragette, activist, journalist, founding member of the NAACP; basically leading the civil rights movement of her day (unfairly awesome)
  • Phillis Wheatly, first published African-American poet (WHILE she was still a slave)
  • Michelle Obama (I love her)
  • Bass Reeves, a deputy U.S. Marshall in what later became Indiana, who claimed to have arrested 3,000 outlaws (basically the IRL lone ranger)
  • Ching Shih, Chinese pirate queen whose fleet numbered over 300 ships and around 30,000 men (she retired! peacefully! the chinese gov cut her a deal just so she would stop!!!)
  • Hatsephshut, queen of Egypt who took the throne as regent and ruled for a 30 year long age of economic prosperity (her step son was so mad he tried to strike her name from history)

Light on Asian & Latin@ examples, please add your own!

Maggie Q To Topline Limited Series About Famous Chinese Pirate Ching Shih.

Nikita star Maggie Q is taking on another iconic character, this time from Chinese history. The Mission: Impossible III alumna is set to headline a limited series from Steven Jensen’s Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan), and Fred Fuchs (Transporter).

Titled Red Flag, the series is set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China. With over 100,000 sailors and 1500-plus vessels, Ching controlled the South China Sea while taking on the Imperial Chinese navy, the Portuguese navy, and the all-powerful British navy to eventually conquer them all. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to share Ching Shih’s real-life story with audiences that are both familiar and unfamiliar with her prominent history,” Maggie Q said.

Badass-Women-in-History Inktober Day 4: Ching Shih, a 19th-century pirate in southern Qing China. It is estimated that she commanded up to 40,000 pirates or more. Her power over her crew was absolute- disobeying orders carried the death penalty. Witholding loot from the group fund carried the death penalty. Raping captives carried the death penalty. Sailors who resisted the pirates were nailed to the decks of their ships and clubbed to death. She defeated all attacks from the Chinese, Portugese, and British navies. Finally, the Qing government had to strike a peace treaty with her and let her retire WITH all her loot.

anonymous asked:

Hey Hilary, bit of a weird question, but I'm doing a school project and was wondering if you had suggestions for interesting/powerful women in history for me to look into (and maybe apart from the obvious/famous ones?) Thanks so much, hope your work is going well! xx

/muffles distant cackles of historinerd glee

1. Hatshepsut (1500 BCE; Egyptian; Pharaoh of Egypt)
2. Theodora of Byzantium (6th century, Greek, Byzantine Empress)
3. Murasaki Shikibu (10th/11th century, Japanese, author of what is considered the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji)
4. Hildegard of Bingen (11th/12th century, German, mystic, scholar, abbess, preacher, natural historian)
5. La Malinche (15th/16th century, Nahua Indian; interpreter and lover to Hernan de Cortes and a very interesting/controversial figure for her role in the Spanish conquest of the New World)
6. Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (15/16th century, African, Queen of the Mbundu people of Angola and resister of Portuguese colonialism)
7. Ching Shih (17th-18th century, Chinese, massive badass pirate queen)
8. Ada Lovelace (19th century; English, daughter of Lord Byron and essentially first computer programmer)
9. Lyudmila Pavlichenko (20th century, Russian, stone cold soldier, most successful military sniper OF ALL TIME)
10. Rosalind Franklin (20th century, British Jewish, scientist and chemist whose work on DNA was basically appropriated by Watson and Crick, who got all the credit for it)

Have fun. As for my own work, I finally just submitted my transfer examination papers (20k words/56 pages/4 sections… feh!) so at least that is done for now. The exam is at the end of June, by which point I will (hopefully) officially complete my first year and get full doctoral student status.