Photo of Japan's indigenous Ainu woman misrepresented as 'Chinese pirate queen Ching Shih'

Updated on 05/09/2022 at 08:39

A black-and-white photo of a woman has been shared thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows the Chinese pirate queen Ching Shih, who was active in the early 19th century. However, the claim is false. The photo actually shows an indigenous Ainu woman who lived in the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and it was likely taken in the early 20th century, experts told AFP.