Archive Exhibition Traces Legacy of Chinese Female Politician Soong Ching Ling

August 31, 2015
Editor: Kiki Liu
A photo was shot on August 13, 1931, when Soong (M) returned to China for her mother's funeral. Before long, Japanese troops invaded and controlled the South Manchurian Railway, which later was called the Manchurian Incident of 18 September. []

An exhibition of archive photos and materials relating to former stateswoman Soong Ching Ling kicked off at Shanghai Library on August 28.

A total of 208 historic photos, handwritten letters and materials are displayed, many for the first time, according to Zhu Jiulin, a research associate from Shanghai Administrative Committee for the Historic Relics of Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling.

The photos and manuscripts bear witness to Soong's efforts and dedication to furthering the country's emancipation and reunification efforts before and after World War II and the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

Referred to in her native country as "Madame Sun Yat-sen" and "Mother of Modern China", Soong played an active and prominent role in the wars and took a high-ranking position in Chinese politics.

Billed as "Unconquered China: Soong and the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the Anti-fascist War," the exhibition has already attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The exhibition runs till September 18.

Soong (2nd R) took a tour of the front line in Shanghai on February 12, 1932. []

A handwritten letter from Chairman Mao to Soong showcases their determination to fight against Japanese invaders on August 18, 1936. []

Soong cuts the ribbon at a public opening ceremony celebrate a carnival in Hong Kong on November 11, 1941. []

A medal awarded to Soong by the Kuomintang (KMT) for her contrition to the country in 1944 []

(Source: and edited by Women of China)

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