I’ve been deeply intrigued by Chiang Kai Shek’s personal history, his upbringing in China’s Jiang Su province and ultimately, his rise to becoming the KMT ‘s Generalissimo. Chiang Kai Shek’s regime was nightmarish and war-ridden. But it was as important as Mao’s in defining both China and Taiwan’s cultural history.
But let’s fast forward to the truly interesting stuff: Soong Mei-Ling, the Generalissimo’s erudite and scholarly wife number four who was more or less China’s overseas luminary, an ambassador of sorts. Educated at Wesleyan University, she spoke fluent English and thus, did a lot of translating and advising for Chiang Kai Shek. Soong Mei-Ling passed away in 2003.