Women in martial arts: Cynthia Khan (楊麗青)

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Discovering her love for public performance at a young age, Cynthia Khan studied jazz and Chinese dance before learning taekwondo. Her notable martial arts skills are shown through her appearances in a number of movies and television series. She defies the social standards applied to women by displaying both power and strength in her roles, defeating male characters and showing remarkable endurance in fights. Her career kicked off in the 90s after her debut in In the Line of Duty 3 where she first showed her fighting chops. However, her most known work came in the sequel, In the Line of Duty 4, directed by the revered Yuen Woo-ping and starring Donnie Yen. One of the most iconic images of any local female action star is of Khan wearing a wedding dress and firing an uzi in Queen’s High. These days she works primarily as a yoga instructor, yet still acts in the occasional film, most recently Super Player (2010). Meera Toraskar

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