In preparation to say goodbye to Taiwan's Soviet-born former first lady Faina Chiang Fang-liang (蔣方良), members of the Chiang family flew in to Taiwan yesterday to attend today's funeral services, while others made their escape.
Chiang, who died on Dec. 15 of pulmonary and cardiac failure at the age of 88, was the widow of late president Chiang Ching-Kuo (
Bearing an essay eulogizing Chiang by her only daughter Chiang Hsiao-chang (
A statement released by Yu yesterday said that Chiang Hsiao-chang, while in mourning for her mother, was unable to make the long journey to Taiwan to attend the funeral due to health concerns.
The statement said that both Yu and his wife would like to first express their gratitude and appreciation for the great love and concern exhibited both internationally and domestically for Chiang Fang-liang and the Chiang family; second, thank the medical staff that had cared for Chiang Fang-liang throughout her latter years; and third, thank the family members who had cared for Chiang Fang-liang before and after her death.
While the Chiang family prepared for the former first lady's funeral today, family black sheep and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator John Chang (
Chang is the son of late president Chiang Ching-kuo and his mistress Chang Ya-juo (