39: Zheng Yi Sao (aka Shi Yang aka Ching Shih)

It’s the internationale season finale and we’re going out with a PIRATE STORY!!! Zheng Yi Sao aka Shi Yang aka Ching Shih was the most successful pirate of all time. Not just the most successful lady pirate: The Most Successful Pirate Of All Time (All Gender). Hers is a story of success after success and honestly that’s refreshing after all that some of the other women this season had to put up with.

Recommended podcasts to learn more about Asian history:

With Chinese Characteristics podcast hosted by Natalie and Cherrie

Asian American History 101 podcast hosted by Gen and Ted

References:

You’re Dead To Me podcast featuring Professor Ronald C. Po

Pirate Women: the princesses, prostitutes, and privateers who ruled the seven seas by Laura Sook Duncombe

Pirates and Privateers article by Tanner Price

Atlas obscure article by Urvida Banerji

Article on Sixth Tone by Xueting Christine Ni

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