Ching Shih (B: 1775 D: 1844) was a powerful female pirate, running her fleet through Eastern waters. According to Wikipedia, she took control of her husband’s piratical operation after he died, running it with notable success. Ching Shih has been represented in such pop-culture media as books, graphic novels, and movies (Wikipedia). Deadline Hollywood covered the upcoming series “Red Flag” in a previous article; about, of course, Ching Shih and her accomplishments as a pirate and martial leader.Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ching_Shih http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/maggie-q-series-ching-shih-china-pirate-red-flag/
While the information might be accurate, I never rely exclusively on the internet to provide reliable historical information, and have not read much about this pirate as of yet. I have, however, (for myself as well as for you!) found an university press book for further reading…just one book, alas. If you know of any other books or journal articles on Ching Shih, let me know in the comments below!
Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790-1810–Dian Murray (available at Abe’s Books, http://www.abebooks.com)