Taiwan novelist Chiung Yao's husband did not want a wake

Romance novelist Chiung Yao and publishing and movie mogul Ping Shin-tao were married for 40 years.
Romance novelist Chiung Yao and publishing and movie mogul Ping Shin-tao were married for 40 years. PHOTO: CHIUNG YAO/ FACEBOOK

TAIPEI • Taiwanese publishing and movie mogul Ping Shin-tao, who is best known as romance novelist Chiung Yao's husband, died last month at age 92.

Crown Publishing, the company that was founded by him and is now run by his son, issued a statement on Tuesday about the May 23 death.

It said the family respected his wishes not to publish an obituary and not to hold a funeral wake.

Chiung, 81, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday that his body was cremated shortly after his death.

He was married to the author for 40 years. He was previously married to painter Lin Wan-chen, 89.

He suffered from vascular dementia in recent years.

Chiung fell out with her three stepchildren in 2017 over intubating Mr Ping, who had also suffered a stroke.

They insisted on intubation - the insertion of a feeding tube into the nose and stomach - and Chiung said she had to break her promise to let Mr Ping die with dignity.

Chiung, a household name in the Chinese-speaking world, made her mark with Outside The Window (1963), a teacher-student romance drawn from her own relationship with a teacher.

The book was adapted into a 1973 film of the same name, starring Lin Ching-hsia and Chin Han.

Chiung and Mr Ping were a media power couple for decades. He published her romance novels, including Misty Rain (1964), Six Dreams (1966) and Deep Garden (1969), many of which were also made into movies and television dramas.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2019, with the headline 'Taiwan novelist Chiung Yao's husband did not want a wake'. Print Edition | Subscribe