China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Charles Jones Soong was born in Wen­chang City of Hainan prov­ince.

Charles Soong went to Shang­hai on a Chris­tian mis­sion.

Charles Soong started a fam­ily with wife Ni Kwei-Tseng and their first daugh­ter was named Ai-ling.

Sec­ond daugh­ter Chin­gling was born.

Char­lie Soong met with Dr. Sun Yat-sen and be­came a sup­porter of the lat­ter’s cause to over­throw the Manchurian regime.

Third daugh­ter Mei-ling was born.

Ching-ling and Mei-ling fol­lowed their el­dest sis­ter to the US to study at Wes­leyan Col­lege.

Ai-ling grad­u­ated and moved back to China to work as Dr. Sun’s sec­re­tary.

Ching-ling re­turned to China. Char­lie Soong fled to Tokyo with his fam­ily and Dr. Sun when the repub­lic col­lapsed. Ail­ing was mar­ried to H. H. Kung in Tokyo.

Ching-ling and Sun, who was 25 years her se­nior, were mar­ried on Oct 25 that year.

Mei-ling met Chi­ang Kai-shek, who was 11 years her se­nior. Chi­ang, a Bud­dhist, won the ap­proval of his fu­ture mother-in-law by di­vorc­ing his ex-wife and con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­ity.

Dr. Sun died and Ching-ling was elected to the Kuom­intang (KMT) Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Mei-ling and Chi­ang Kaishek were mar­ried on Dec 1.

Ching-ling re­turned to China. She lived in Shang­hai from 1931 to 1937. When the war broke out, she moved to Hong Kong and then Chongqing.

Ching-ling founded the China De­fense League, a fundrais­ing en­tity for the Chi­nese Com­mu­nists.

Ching-ling was elected Vice Pres­i­dent of China.

Ai-ling, who moved to the US in the 1940s, died in New York at the age of 83.

Chi­ang died in Tai­wan. Madame Chi­ang moved to New York.

Ching-ling died in Bei­jing, just two weeks af­ter she was named Hon­orary Chair­woman of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

Madame Chi­ang died in her sleep in New York, aged 105.

Chi­ang Ching-kuo. Part of the Chi­ang Kai-shek diaries is now open to pub­lic at the Hoover In­sti­tu­tion in Stan­ford Univer­sity.

“The three sis­ters shared the hap­pi­ness and suf­fer­ing of the na­tion through the 20th cen­tury. Even though they were sep­a­rated for decades far across the seas, the emo­tional con­nec­tion between them never faded,” said Fang Chi-yi.

“The more they aged, the more they missed each other. They asked about one an­other when­ever there were vis­i­tors com­ing from the other side of the Straits. Their spir­its in heaven must be con­soled now, see­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion tak­ing place,” she added.

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