Soong Ching-ling
Name: Soong Ching-ling
Occupation: Politician
Gender: Female
Birth Day: January 27, 1893
Death Date: May 29, 1981 (age 88)
Age: Aged 88
Birth Place: Shanghai, China
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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Soong Ching-ling

Soong Ching-ling was born on January 27, 1893 in Shanghai, China (88 years old). Soong Ching-ling is a Politician, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Nationality: China. Approx. Net Worth: $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.).

Brief Info

Second wife of the leader of the 1911 revolution that established the Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen. She played a role in China's politics and became known as the mother of modern China. She would serve as the Vice President of China between 1959 and 1975.

Trivia

She held political positions of Vice Chairperson of the Central People's Government, Vice Chairperson of the National People's Congress, Vice Chairperson of the People's Republic of China and Chairperson of the People's Republic of China.

Net Worth 2020

$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)
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Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 T. V. Soong Brother N/A N/A N/A
#2 T.A. Soong Brother N/A N/A N/A
#3 T.L. Soong Brother N/A N/A N/A
#4 Charlie Soong Father N/A N/A N/A
#5 Ni Kwei-tseng Mother N/A N/A N/A
#6 David Kung Ling-kan Nephew N/A N/A N/A
#7 Chiang Wei- kuo Nephew N/A N/A N/A
#8 Kung Ling-i Niece N/A N/A N/A
#9 Soong Mei- ling Sister N/A N/A N/A
#10 Soong Ai-ling Sister N/A N/A N/A
#11 Sun Yat-sen Sun Yat-sen Spouse $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 58 World Leader
#12 Kung Ling- chun N/A N/A N/A
#13 Kung Ling- chie N/A N/A N/A

Does Soong Ching-ling Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Soong Ching-ling died on May 29, 1981 (age 88).

Physique

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Before Fame

She was elected to the KMT Central Executive Committee following the death of her husband Sun Yat-sen who was 26 years her senior. She left China for Russia after the expulsion of the Communists from the KMT in 1927, but returned permanently in 1931.

Biography

Biography Timeline

1915

Soong married Sun Yat-sen, leader of China's 1911 revolution and founder of the Kuomintang (KMT or Nationalist Party), on 25 October 1915, even though her parents greatly opposed the match. (Dr. Sun was 26 years her senior.) After Sun's death in 1925, she was elected to the KMT Central Executive Committee. However, she left China for Moscow after the expulsion of the Communists from the KMT in 1927, accusing the KMT of betraying her husband's legacy. Her younger sister, May-ling, married Chiang Kai-shek shortly afterward, making Chiang Soong's brother-in-law.

1918

In 1918, Soong and her husband Sun Yat-sen lived in a house in the French Concession of Shanghai. After her husband's death, Soong continued to reside there until 1937. The house has now been converted into a museum dedicated called the Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen. Though dedicated primarily to Sun, it also contains some of Soong's artefacts during their life together.

1929

Soong returned to China in June 1929 when Sun Yat-sen was moved from his temporary burial site in Beijing to a new memorial in Nanjing, but left again three months later, and did not return until July 1931, when her mother died. She resided afterwards in Shanghai until July 1937, when the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out. Following the outbreak of hostilities, she moved first to Hong Kong (where she befriended future restaurateur and philanthropist Madame Wu [Sylvia Cheng]), then to Chongqing, the wartime capital of the Chinese government. In 1939, she founded the China Defense League, which raised funds and sought supplies primarily for the Chinese Communist controlled areas of northern China. In 1946, the League was renamed the China Welfare fund, continuing to seek funds and support for the Chinese Communists.

1948

During the Chinese Civil War, Soong permanently broke with her family and supported the Communists. In 1948, she became honorary chairwoman of the Revolutionary Committee of the Kuomintang, a left-wing splinter group of the KMT that claimed to be the legitimate heir of Sun's legacy. With the collapse of the Nationalist government and the Communist victory in the civil war, she left Shanghai in September 1949 to attend the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), convened in Beijing by the Chinese Communist Party to establish a new Central People's Government. On 1 October, she was a guest at the ceremony in Tiananmen Square marking the birth of the new People's Republic of China. The Nationalist government issued an order for her arrest, but this was soon blocked by the swift military victory of the Communists. The KMT fled from mainland China to Taiwan soon after this.

From 1948 to 1963 Soong Ching-ling lived in the western end of the French Concession in Shanghai. This building is now the Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence. A memorial hall containing some of her belongings and photographs stands near the entrance. The main building and gardens are preserved in near original state with original furnishings throughout. In the garage are two large cars: one Chinese built Red Flag limousine and another "Russian" car presented to Soong by Josef Stalin.

1949

Soong was held in great esteem by the victorious Communists, who reckoned her as a link between their movement and Sun's earlier movement. After the formal establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, she became one of six vice chairpeople of the Central People's Government," and one of several vice-chairpeople of the Sino-Soviet Friendship Association. In April 1951, it was announced that she had been awarded the Stalin Peace Prize for 1950.

1950

In 1950, Soong became chairwoman of the Chinese People's Relief Administration, which combined several organizations dealing with welfare and relief issues. Her China Welfare Fund was reorganized as the China Welfare Institute and began publishing the magazine China Reconstructs, now published as China Today. In 1953, a collection of her writings, Struggle for New China, was published.

1953

In 1953 Soong served on the committees preparing for elections to the new National People's Congress and the drafting of the 1954 constitution. Soong was elected a Shanghai deputy to the first NPC, which adopted the constitution at its first meeting in September 1954. She was elected one of 14 vice-chairpeople of the NPC's standing committee, chaired by Liu Shaoqi. In December of the same year, she was elected a vice-chairwoman of the CPPCC, which became a consultative body, and replaced Liu Shaoqi as chairperson of the Sino-Soviet Friendship Association. During this period, Soong traveled abroad several times, visiting Austria, India, Burma, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Her trips included a January 1953 visit to the Soviet Union, where she was received by Stalin shortly before his death. She visited Moscow again in 1957 with Mao Zedong's delegation to the 40th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

1959

In April 1959, Soong again served as a Shanghai deputy at the 2nd National People's Congress. At this Congress, Mao Zedong and Zhu De stepped down as President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China. Liu Shaoqi was elected State Chairman (President), and Soong Ching-ling and Dong Biwu, a senior Communist Party 'elder', were elected Vice President of China. Soong resigned at this time from her positions as vice-chairwoman of the CPPCC National Committee and the NPC Standing Committee. She was re-elected to the post of Vice-chairperson of the PRC at the Third National People's Congress in 1965, and appeared frequently in the early 1960s on ceremonial occasions, often greeting important visitors from abroad.

1963

Soong Ching-ling obtained a mansion in Beijing in 1963 where she lived and worked for the rest of her life and received many dignitaries. After her death the site was converted into the Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling as a museum and memorial. The rooms and furniture have been kept as she had used them, and memorabilia are displayed.

1975

Late in the Cultural Revolution, during the 4th NPC which approved the 1975 Constitution in January 1975, Soong's term as Vice President of China ended with the abolishment of that post, after which she was again appointed one of the vice-chairwomen of the NPC Standing Committee.

1981

Soong's public appearances were limited after the Cultural Revolution, and she was in generally poor health, but articles by her, primarily on children's welfare issues, continued to appear in the press. Her last public appearance was on 8 May 1981, when she appeared in a wheelchair at the Great Hall of the People to accept an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Victoria. A few days later she began running a high fever and was unable to rise again. On 16 May 1981, less than two weeks before her death, she was admitted to the Communist Party and named Honorary Chairwoman of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国名誉主席). She is the only person to ever hold this title. According to one of Soong's biographers, she had wanted to join the Communist Party of China as early as 1957. However, when she asked Liu for permission to join the party, the request was turned down because "it was thought better for the revolution that she not join formally, but that she would thenceforth be informed, and her opinion sought, concerning all important inner-Party events matters, not only those involving the government."

1997

In the 1997 Hong Kong movie The Soong Sisters, she is portrayed by Maggie Cheung.

2009

In the 2009 mainland China movie The Founding of a Republic, she is portrayed by Xu Qing.

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Currently, Soong Ching-ling is 128 years, 11 months and 26 days old. Soong Ching-ling will celebrate 129th birthday on a Thursday 27th of January 2022.

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