Soong Ching Ling ( 1893-1981) was one of the 3 smart daughters of Charlie Soong. He was an American educated Methodist missionary in Shanghai, who made his fortune printing Chinese language bibles.She was a shy and thoughtful student with idealistic beliefs in Chinese nationalism. After her older sister (and the only one of 3 who didn’t enrage the family with the choice of her significant other) Ai Ling got married , Ching – ling replaced her as a secretary for Dr Sun Yat-sen – the leader of the revolution that established the Republic of China in 1911.
According to the book by Sterling Seagrave ‘The Soong Dynasty’ – ‘She believed as did no one else in his revolution. A grand passion consumed them.He was nearly 50,she was barely 20’.
Obviously, the idea of his daughter’s relationship with a man 26 years her senior scandalized Charlie. And not just because of the age difference.
This man was one of his best friends for 2 decade. What’s more Sun Yatsen had already been married and he didn’t divorce his original wife. Instead, he simply told everyone that he considered himself divorced.
“Charlie became bitter. This time Sun had gone too far. He vowed that he would never again have anything to do with Sun Yat-sen or his adventures, breaking off the relationships with him and his party”.
He disowned Ching Ling and later, whenever the subject of Ching – ling came up, the Soongs simply said that she had ‘formally joined Dr Sun’