Madame Chiang (Mei-ling Soong)

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Wen-ch'ang, Kwangtung Province, China
Mei-ling was the fourth of six children born to Charlie Soong, a Methodist minister who acquired a fortune in commercial publishing. She attended college in the United States, earning a degree in English Literature in 1917. Following in her well-wed sisters' footsteps (Ai-ling Soong married wealthy banker H.H. Kung; Ching-Ling Soong became the wife of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (Yat-sen Sun), Mei-ling married Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek ('Kai-shek Chiang') in 1927. The Soong family fortune played an enormous role in the Chinese revolt against the Manchu dynasty and was instrumental in financing the Nationalist revolution. Read more...


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