Wed, Mar 27, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Madame Chiang celebrates her 105th birthday at her Manhattan residence


Madame Chiang Kai-shek (蔣宋美齡) celebrated her 105th birthday in high spirits at a party held at her Manhattan residence Monday, according to well-wishers who attended the party.

Chen Chien-jen (程建人), Tai-wan's representative to the US, sent presents to Madame Chiang, the widow of the late Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮).

Chen said that Madame Chiang warmly greeted every one of the more than 40 relatives and guests who came to her party.

Premier Yu Shyi-kun, Foreign Affairs Minister Eugene Chien (簡又新), Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Kao Ying-mao (高英茂) and Taiwan's top cultural affairs liaison officer in New York, Andrew Hsia (夏立言), also presented Madame Chiang with orchids.

Chin Hsiao-yi (秦孝儀), former director of the National Palace Museum, quoted words from The Book of Odes (論語), one of the Chinese classics compiled and edited by Confucius, to wish Madame Chiang longevity. He described Madame Chiang as being in a jovial mood.

Cecilia Y. Koo (辜嚴倬雲), secretary-general of the National Women's League, led an eight-member delegation to wish Madame Chiang many happy returns and told reporters later that Madame Chiang was in good health and happy to see them.

Cecilia said that Madame Chiang, who is the founder of the league, is very concerned about domestic affairs, and added that she regularly reports to her about the latest developments in Taiwan.

Helen Lin (林澄枝), vice chairwoman of the KMT, conveyed greetings from KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and reported to Madame Chiang about the latest developments in the party.

Noted Chinese artist Ou Hau-nien (歐豪年) marked Madame Chiang's birthday by hosting a one-man exhibition of his paintings in New York, with all of his best works on display.

Madame Chiang, who has spent most of the 27 years -- since her husband's death -- in New York, was once considered the most powerful woman in China.

Her life is inextricably interwoven with the history of modern China and Taiwan and she became most widely known in the West as a spokesperson for the Chinese cause against the invading Japanese Imperial Army in the 1930s.

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