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- No. 20
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Braving Censure in China, Bai Ling Gets Gered Up for a Risky Hollywood Star Turn
For Bai Ling, 27, who emigrated to America six years ago and makes regular visits home, exile from China would be painful indeed. Now living in Los Angeles, she came to the U.S. as a visiting scholar at New York University film school after witnessing the military crackdown on demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Born to the arts—her father is a professor of music; her mother is a former actress and dancer who now teaches literature in Japan—-Bai Ling served in the entertainment division of the People's Liberation Army at age 14. Of Gere she says, "He welcomed me, and I felt relieved." Bai Ling—single and now inundated with film offers—hopes she has a permanent home in America. "Hollywood was a dreamland, and now I'm here," she says. "I feel I'm dreaming every day."
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