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US exhibition will honor Chiang Kai-shek's widow


An exhibition of photographs depicting Madame Chiang Kai-shek (蔣宋美齡) and events that had tremendous historical meaning to the Republic of China, will be held at Capitol Hill later this month, KMT sources said.

The exhibition of more than 60 photographs, titled "Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Contemporary World," is scheduled to be held at the Russell Senate Office Building from July 14 to 18, Shao Ming-huang, director of the KMT Party Archives Library, said.

The exhibit is planned mainly to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Chiang -- the first ROC first lady -- delivering a speech in fluent English at the US Congress in 1943, when World War II was at its peak and China's anti-Japanese aggression war was at its height, Shao said.

A graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Chiang addressed a joint session of the US Congress at the invitation of President Franklin Roosevelt, calling for concerted efforts from the US to fight the Japanese.

The former ROC first lady then went on a 46-state speaking tour between February and April of the same year, winning the hearts and support of US citizens, as well as the government, with her eloquence and charisma.

Chiang, considered by many as one of the most outstanding Chinese women of the 20th century, celebrated her 106th birthday in March this year.

The widow of Chiang Kai-shek, she has spent most of the 28 years since her husband's death in seclusion in New York.

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