Yu (Chinese: 玉嫂; pinyin: Yùsǎo) was the head maid of the Dao Ming family's home in Taipei, Taiwan. She worked for the family for over sixty years. Yu was close to Dao Ming Si, whom she had known since he was born.
Yu was married to a military officer, who died during World War II when she was nineteen-years-old. Dao Ming Si's grandfather, the head of the family at that time, offered her a job at his home. Yu credited him with "saving [her] from vagrancy" and "pledged to serve his family all [her] life." She spent the next sixty years working for the family.
About a year prior, Yu retired from her job as head maid at the Dao Ming home due to back pain.
Out of retirement
She returned at Dao Ming Feng's request to "take charge in [Feng's] absence." Yu allowed Dong Shan Cai to stay at the mansion, but only if she worked as a maid. To please Dao Ming Si, Yu appointed Shan Cai to be his personal maid. Several days later, Feng returned home and asked Yu about Shan Cai. When Yu informed her about Shan Cai work there, Feng became enraged and tried to remove her. Yu threatened suicide if she did so, which caused Feng to relent for the time being. She then took Shan Cai aside and promised to protect her.
Feng did, however, find a way to kick Shan Cai out. Before leaving, Shan Cai left Yu a note, in which she lied about the circumstances. Yu managed to catch up with Shan Cai, after she broke up with Si. She lightly scolded Shan Cai for lying to Si about not loving him. Shan Cai then refused her wages from Yu and left Taipei. Sometime after Shan Cai's return, Si asked Yu about his cousin, Qing Yong. He later asked her to take him to meet Qing Yong. Once there, Yu was overjoyed to see him doing well.
Some time later, Yu found herself powerless when Feng returned to Taiwan. Feng, who was trying to split up Si and Shan Cai again, locked him in his room. Unable to outright explain the situation, Yu gave an invitation to Si's wedding to Mei Zuo and Xi Men. It took some time, but the F3 finally got the idea to sneak into the mansion. Yu was waiting for them and gave them a detailed map. However, they were caught by Feng and Yu tried to cover for them. Feng subsequently forced Yu back into retirement. A few days later, Feng gave up her plans and Yu excitedly ushered Shan Cai back into the mansion.
Yu was an aging old woman in her eighties that wore wire-rimmed glasses. She had black hair mixed with grey streaks, which she put into a bun. Her standard uniform for work was a modest grey cheongsam-type shirt.
Personality and traits
Upon first meeting Yu, Shan Cai described her a "forceful and determined woman." She was loyal to the Dao Ming family and was especially fond of Si. However, she did "have a mind of [her] own" and refused to follow anyone's orders blindly. She was also a difficult boss and expected a lot of the employees under her command.
Behind the scenes
- See also: Category:Tama portrayals
- Angie Tang portrays Ms. Yu in the Taiwanese dramas, Meteor Garden (2001) and Meteor Garden II (2002).
- She is referred to as "Auntie Jade" in the Tagalog dub, in which she is voiced by Eugene Domingo. It should be noted that the character 玉 means "jade."
|Meteor Garden (2001)|
|Meteor Garden II (2002)|
|Meteor Garden (2001) characters|