Today, March 4th, is the birthday of Song Meiling, daughter of one of the wealthiest families in China. Born in China, educated in America, and married to General Chiang Kai-shek. Her two other sisters had equally glorious lives, one married into a family of equally great wealth and worldwide interests in banking. The other, Qingling, married Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary and the first president China.
Song Meiling was beautiful and well-spoken, and was well-known to people around the world during the World War II as she and her husband rallied support from the allied governments, fought against the Japanese invaders, and tried stop the rise of the communists China. They fought bravely, but a great number of communist sleeper spies planted in many parts of the government and military just got up joined the communists in their fight for power. Song Qingling stayed in China. Song Meiling and Chiang Kai-shek and their nationalist loyalists retreated to the island of Taiwan to re-arm and re-take China. It never happened. She died a recognized war hero in NYC at the age of 106 years old.
An old taxi driver told me for the old folks Chinese New Years hasn’t passed until the 15 lunar day after the Lunar New Year. That day is known as Lantern Festival. Actually, Lantern Festival is more of a kick than Chinese New Years. There are lantern making contests and eating round moon-shaped dumplings.
Here is promotional video about Taiwan. Although a little commercial, the video shows a nice cross-section of Taiwan. It’s a great place to study Chinese. People are friendly and gentle here. “Pu Tong Hua”, Mandarin, is also the national language here.
Here is a quick summary of information about China. Straight forward. It could prove to be a nice little outline and lead in to a two or three-hour discussion about China. You need pretty good English and a little familiarity with English as it is spoken by Chinese. (You will notice the LV trademark has been conveniently copied as the opening frame!) Ah, China!