Sally Yeh

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Sally Yeh
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PronunciationYip6 Sin6 Man4
Born (1961-09-30) 30 September 1961 (age 59)
Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityTaiwanese, Canadian
Years active1979–present
(m. 1996)
ChildrenStepson : Alex Lam
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Original Film Song
1988 A Chinese Ghost Story

Golden Melody AwardsBest Female Mandarin Artist

Musical career
Origin Taiwan
Genres Cantopop
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 葉蒨文
Simplified Chinese 叶倩文

Sally Yeh (born 30 September 1961), sometimes credited as Sally Yip or Yip Sin-Man, is a Taiwanese-Canadian Cantopop singer and actress.


Early life

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yeh immigrated to Canada at the age of four with her family and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. As a result of this, she has Canadian citizenship.


Yeh's singing career started in the early 1980s and, shortly after, her acting career started as she sang songs specifically written for the movie soundtrack. She has released a total of thirty studio albums, plus compilations and live recordings.

Return to Taiwan

Yeh had a natural talent for singing and acting, but unfortunately due to the earlier decades of the 1970s and 1980s when Asians were not especially welcomed in the Canadian entertainment business, the area in which Yeh wanted to make her career, she decided to return to Taiwan to have a chance at stardom. In Taiwan, she worked hard to make improvements on her Chinese to stay in the Chinese entertainment business. However, because she was illiterate in Chinese, her managers had to create romanized or English phonetic versions to help her read the Mandarin Chinese song lyrics.

Move to Hong Kong

Later, she relocated to Hong Kong, which at the time was the primary center of Chinese entertainment, for a better chance at fame. Yeh learned to speak Hong Kong Cantonese.

Since then, Yeh has focused primarily on the Hong Kong Cantonese entertainment world. With the support of utilizing romanization to read Chinese characters in Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to her interactions within the Chinese entertainment business, she began to make improvements on both her spoken Mandarin and Cantonese, including reading Chinese characters. However, because she never had a formal Chinese education, her proficiency in reading Chinese is still limited on various levels and when she does have to read Chinese writing in certain situations without the support of romanizations, she is able to comprehend them to some extents, but will at times stumble upon Chinese words she is unable to read. When Yeh has to read Chinese lyrics, she still relies on Mandarin romanization and Cantonese romanization for support.

Yeh's proficiency to handwrite Chinese is even more limited and during a 1994 Jade Solid Gold Award event when she was participating in a word puzzle game to figure out the names of Chinese pop songs, she was able to figure out some of the song titles by reading limited Chinese characters that were already posted on the board as clues without the support of romanizations, though when it came to writing down the answers on the board, she wrote in English phonetics to reflect the Cantonese pronunciations of the Chinese song titles as she admitted it was a lot more quicker to write than taking time to figure out the complicated Chinese character hand strokes. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Yeh has received the Most Popular Hong Kong Female Singer award at the Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Awards four times (1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993). In 1992, Sally Yeh collaborated with a couple of other western artists, recording "Dreaming of You" with Tommy Page in 1992 and "I Believe in Love" with James Ingram the following year.

In 2002, Yeh re-entered the Cantopop market, released the record "Can You Hear", and performed a series of concerts in different countries. In 2011, Sally Yeh received the Golden Needle Award at the 33rd RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Song Music Award Ceremony. Yeh has also collaborated on a number of soundtracks (mostly on Tsui Hark's movies with scores by Wong Jim), including "Lai Ming But Yiu Loi" from A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), which won the Best Original Song award at the 7th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Image and artistry

Sally Yeh was one of the very few earliest Chinese celebrities to enter the Chinese business entertainment during the 1980s to be from overseas and from English-speaking countries. She was also one of the earliest Mandarin speaking celebrities to enter the Hong Kong entertainment industry. In doing so, she paved a way for future divas such as Faye Wong, whom she collaborated with occasionally in her prime.

Personal life

On 17 July 1996, Yeh married Hong Kong pop star and composer-producer George Lam.

Yeh speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese in that order of proficiency.



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