3 Shanghainese ladies, daughters of American-educated Methodist minister Charlie Soong, who made a fortune in banking and printing.
Soong Sisters were amongst China's most significant political figures of the early 20th century. Each of them played a major role in influencing their husbands, who, along with their own positions of power, ultimately changed the course of Chinese history.
Throughout their lifetimes, each one of the sisters followed her own beliefs in terms of supporting the Kuomintang (KMT) or the Communist Party of China. In the 1930s, Soong Ai-ling and her sister Mei-ling were the two richest women in China.
In 1937, when the Second Sino-Japanese war broke out, the sisters got together after a 10-year separation (Ching Ling and Mei Ling’s husband choices effected in some serious clashes among the family members). Their goal was to unite the KMT and CPC against the Imperial Japanese army.
When the Japanese occupied Nanjing and Wuhan, the three sisters moved to Hong Kong. In 1940, they returned to Chongqing and established the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, which opened job opportunities for people through weaving, sewing and other crafts. The sisters frequently visited schools, hospitals, orphanages, air raid shelters and aided war torn communities along the way. They made a fearless effort in financing and assisting in all national activities.