Olivia Yang despised the idea of conventional gender roles. She went against all of society’s expectation of a woman.
She always preferred boys’ clothes over dresses and skirts, and showed romantic interest in her brother’s girlfriends.
According to relatives, this female warlord was determined to defy the traditional gender stereotypes.
“She found herself living on the fringes of society…It was a temptation she couldn’t resist.”
— Jackie Yang (Olivia’s Niece)
Growing up in an extremely conservative culture, she endured endless verbal abuse and ostracism.
“We would ask her why she didn’t wear women’s clothes, or why she had to have a short haircut. We would shout at her for chasing women. Back then we didn’t know about lesbians and transsexuals.”
— Francis Yang (Olivia’s Brother)
Her parents disapproved of the way she wanted to live her life and forced her to start a family. After giving birth to a boy, she ran away.
“[Her husband] was afraid of her… She didn’t want to be married to him, she didn’t want to have sex with him, and she didn’t want to be a mother.”
— Judy Yang (Olivia’s Sister)
At the age of 19, she started organizing the troops that would allow her to establish opium trade routes. By the time she was 25, she controlled an army.
As a real life example of “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger“, Olivia Yang was imprisoned and tortured multiple times.
It never stopped her from standing up for her beliefs and living her life to the fullest. She was even rumored to have had an affair with a movie star!
Olivia Yang passed away at the impressive age of 90 years old, and will always be respected as a legend in her community.
Olive Yang's funeral on July 24. Obituary notice, elegiac couplet and paper soldiers pic.twitter.com/N67yHZi06Z
— Liu Yun刘蕴 (@liuyun5398) July 28, 2017