Source: Agencies | 2012-11-4 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
RENOWNED Chinese-born British writer Han Suyin, or Elisabeth Comber, died Friday at her home in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the age of 95, Han's family announced yesterday.
A memorial service will be held in Lausanne on Thursday, said family members.
Born in central China's Henan Province on September 12, 1917, and named Chow Kuanghu, Han was daughter of a Chinese railway engineer and his Belgian wife. She studied medicine in Yenching (Yanjing) University and in Brussels in the 1930s and later in London.
Han published some 40 books on modern China, including non-fiction, novels and autobiographic works.
Her most popular autobiographic book, "A Many-Splendored Thing" was adapted to a popular American movie, "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" in 1955. Its theme music won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
From 1956, Han visited China almost annually and was one of the first foreign nationals to visit post-1949 China. Most of her works deal with the Chinese revolutionary causes and economic achievements.
From the 1960s, Han delivered more than 2,000 lectures in Europe and America, introducing China's development and achievements to the world through citing lively and concrete facts.
In 1996, she received the title "Friendship Envoy" from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.