Soong Ching Ling as Sun Yat-sen's secretary

Date:2019-09-09      Source:北京宋庆龄故居

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Ching Ling landed in Yokohama from the United States on August 29, 1913. On September 16 she was taken to see Sun in Tokyo by her father and her elder sister, Ailing.

In protest, Sun launched a "second revolution" in 1913, for his cherished aim of a modern democratic China. But he failed. Some stout followers  stood by him, and hot hearts beat for him, among them the young Soong Ching Ling's. From September 1914, Ching Ling worked with Sun daily as English secretary. Sun was a leader who shared his thoughts with those working loyally with him, regardless of rank and particularly if they were young and promising.

Never had she been so happy, as she was now engaged in a cause she had dreamed of since she was a little girl. In November 1914 she wrote: "I can help China, and I can also help Dr Sun. He needs me."

Sun, in turn, was refreshed and relaxed by her blithe youth. His routine was eased by her language and office skills and her ready understanding.