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200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
Cecilia Chiang was born in Wuxi, China. In the 1950s, she travelled to San Francisco, United States, where she opened The Mandarin restaurant; Chiang owned and operated the restaurant for thirty years, retiring in 1991. She was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and was the subject of filmmaker Wayne Wang's 2014 documentary Soul of a Banquet. In 2016, she appeared in the mini-series The Kitchen Wisdom of Cecilia Chiang.