Christy Chung grew up in Brossard, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, with French and Vietnamese as mother-tongues. Christy Chung later learned English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
While studying for a career in the tourism industry at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Christy Chung entered and won the "Miss Chinese Montreal" contest in 1992. Christy Chung then went to Hong Kong (her first trip away from home) to participate in the Miss Chinese International pageant in January 1993, which she won. This opened doors for her to launch Christy's acting career there, despite not speaking a word of Cantonese at the time, and despite her extremely limited acting experience (an uncredited ten-second non-speaking role as a gum-chewing prostitute in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains). Christy Chung had to choose between acting in Hong Kong and becoming the weather-forecast presenter at Société Radio-Canada, the French-language government television network in Canada.
A role in The Bride with White Hair 2 brought Christy Chung instant recognition, and she became a well-known star in Chinese-language popular culture, acting in a large number of films including some films starring Stephen Chow, as well as The Bodyguard from Beijing starring Jet Li. Christy Chung was married for a time to Glen Ross, and gave birth to daughter (Yasmine) in Montreal in the middle of the 1998 Ice Storm.
Becoming a mother temporarily had a negative effect on her career because of a stereotypical impression that a mother could not function as a s-- symbol, but Chung's career recovered in 2000. More recently, Christy Chung had roles in Samsara and Jackie Chan's movie The Medallion. Christy Chung added Thai to her language repertoire when she starred in Nonzee Nimibutr's 2001 film Jan Dara. Singapore FHM magazine voted her the "S--iest Woman in Asia" in 2000.
Despite her success, Christy Chung remains mostly unknown in Quebec, where she was born and grew up, because she has done most of her film work in Cantonese.
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