In November 1914, after her parents returned to Shanghai in bad health, Soong Ching Ling followed, to take care of them.
She and Sun Yat-sen had decided that on reaching Shanghai she would ask her parents to agree to their marriage. However, once there she found that they had plans to betroth her to a wealthy young Christian.
For the first time in her life, she defied them, declaring that she would marry Dr Sun or no one. They exploded in protest. Not only was Dr Sun married with children, he was also too old to be her husband, they said, and he lacked the means to give her a good life.
Early in October 1915, Sun Yat-sen dispatched Zhu Juewen, the trusted envoy, to bring Ching Ling back from Shanghai to Japan. She left the house, leaving a note for her parents.
On October 24 Ching Ling was back in Japan, and the following day they married.
Despite her parents' initial resentment, they retained their respect and support for Sun Yat-sen's patriotism and political integrity. Most of all, they retained their love for their daughter.