Ethnicity: Anna Sui is a descendent of the Fang family of Tongcheng, Anhui, a Quin and Ming dynasty noble family.
Mrs. Sui was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on August 4, 1952. She is the middle child of French-educated Chinese emigrants, Paul Sui and Grace Sui Fang who met while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris where her father was studying engineering and her mother, painting.
Her paternal grandparents were Xiao Yu Lan, a Tahitian-Chinese businessman, and his wife Qiu Daitai. Mrs. Sui's maternal grandparents were Fang Chih, a Chinese diplomat and his wife Fang Ih-chi (born Masue Ueki), a Japanese woman. Anna Sui is an 18th generation descendant of Fang Bao, an influential Chinese poet who founded the Tongcheng School of literary prose popular throughout the Qing Empire. Notable ancestors also include Fang Gongcheng, tutor of the imperial palace, and Fang Guancheng, Viceroy of Zhili seated at Tianjin from 1749 to 1768 amongst other Qing era scholars.