A-mei or A-Mei (Chinese: 阿妹, Āmèi), stylized as a MEI since 2014, is the stage name of the aboriginal Taiwanese pop singer and songwriter Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹, 张惠妹,). Born as Amit Kulilay (transcribed as , ) in the rugged mountains of eastern Taiwan, A-mei is the seventh-oldest in a family of nine children. She made her debut in the world of music in 1996, achieving rapid commercial success. She has been called a diva of the Mandarin pop music scene and the "Pride of Taiwan". She has won numerous music awards and is popular within the Mandarin-speaking world.