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Deng Yingchao

Madame Deng Yingchao (邓颖超) (February 4, 1904 - July 11, 1992), was the CPPCC Chairman from 1983-1988.

Her ancestry is Guangshan County (光山縣), Henan, but she was born Deng Wenshu (邓文淑) in Nanning (南寧), Guangxi, where her father died soon, and her single mother taught and practiced medicine, but the Dengs still lived in poverty. Deng participated as a team leader in the May Fourth Movement, where she met Zhou Enlai and married him in 1925 in Tianjin.

Deng and Zhou had no children of her own. However, she adopted several orphans of "revolutionary martyrs". One of the more famous ones was former Premier Li Peng. She was instrumental in the abolishment of foot binding imposed on women.

She died in Beijing of illness at the age of 88.

There is a memorial hall dedicated to her and her husband in Tianjin (天津周恩来邓颖超纪念馆).

Sometimes considered one of the Eight Immortals of Communist China, Deng Yingchao is not related to Deng Xiaoping (who is from Sichuan).

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