Letters between Soong Ching-ling and Shen Cuizhen

February 2, 2015
Editor: Sophie Shi
Letters between Soong Ching-ling and Shen Cuizhen
The cover of Letters between Soong Ching-ling (1893-1981) and Shen Cuizhen [China Women’s News]

On January 27, 2015, the day of the 122nd anniversary of Soong Ching-ling's birth, the book named Letters between Soong Ching-ling and Shen Cuizhen, a collection of letters between her and her close friend, was republished in Shanghai.

As the wife of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a leader of the 1911 Revolution that established the Republic of China (1912-1949), Soong (1893-1981) is regarded not only as one of China's most distinguished women but also as a national historical figure. Her friend, Shen Cuizhen, is the wife of a famous publisher, Zou Taofen (1895-1944).

The book is reorganized and compiled by the daughter of Zou and Shen, Zou Jiali. It covers hundreds of copies of the original letters, the annotation carefully verified by the compiler, who also provides her own commentary throughout. Also, in order to help guide the reader's understanding of the relevant historical events and stories behind the letters, the written pieces of correspondence of Soong, Zou and Shen are compiled in chronological order.

With great historical value, the letters not only accentuate Soong's noble character and abundant generosity but also shine light on the unknown side of this exceptional 20th-century female figure.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China )

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