Song Meiling dies at 105 reports the death of the late Chiang Kiashek's wife Song Meiling, at the grand old age of 105. She was living in the US. A mini bio accompanying the article summarizes her life from a certain point of view:

"Song Meiling was the celebrated wife of Chiang Kaishek and one of the legendary three Song sisters. She famously urged the peaceful resolution of the Xi'an incident, organized the initial early phase of the Chinese airforce in the anti-Japanese war, and together with her sisters organized entertainment for the Chinese forces during that war. Her speech to American Congress in 1943 was a major factor in garnering American logistic support for the war. In her later years, she contributed towards opposing Taiwanese independence. Although there were negative aspects of her life, in general she is worthy of her legendary status in Chinese history."


From left: Song Ailing, Song Qingling, Song Meiling

A extensive and balanced obituary by Seth Faison appeared in the New York Times. Click below on 'Continue reading...' for the original Chinese of the Sohu bio, a biography excerpted from an AP report, and a less restrained view from a blogger.

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