Private Letters Reveal Wang Jingwei’s Unknown Private Side

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Wang Jingwei: His Life, Ideas and Beliefs features scans of 50 letters handwritten by Wang Jingwei along with full transcriptions, annotations and summaries by Professor Hsu Yuming. Also included are five letters written by Wang’s associates. Many were written with a pen, which are rarely seen. (pp. 353-468) A primary goal in the publication of Wang Jingwei & Modern China is to further … Read More

Was Wang Jingwei Truly Universally Condemned?

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一九三七年,民眾歡迎汪精衛歸國。

When Wang Jingwei returned to China from overseas in January, 1937, he was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd. (Wang Jingwei: His Life, Ideas and Beliefs, pp. 118-123) Photo from Shibao BimonthlyClearly, Wang Jingwei was a controversial figure subject to much debate. For years, we have heard about attacks on his activities and character. In our last issue, new archival material … Read More

Important Alert

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Thanks to our readers, it has come to our attention that a person named “Lawrence Lee” has falsely claimed on the platform Douban to be the “Editor” of our series Wang Jingwei & Modern China. In addition, “Lawrence Lee” has copied images and text of some of our blog posts, changed a few words, and reposted them on Douban as … Read More

Freedom of the Press: Trials and Tribulations During the Wang Jingwei Regime

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《中央日报》(昆明)1941年08月11日報導

This August 11th, 1940 article in Zhongyang Ribao reported the bombing of Zhonghua Ribao’s office.Freedom is never easily attained. When opposing views not only met with fierce verbal opposition, they also led to open conflict. Newspapers sponsored by the Wang Jingwei regime did not escape this fate; how to defend this freedom became essential. Since Wang began negotiating peace with the … Read More

Wang Jingwei’s Advocacy for a General Election Leading to the Republic of China

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Page 18 of Wang Jingwei’s draft of his autobiography (see Wang Jingwei: His Life, Ideas and Beliefs, p. 227, for corresponding transcript see p. 226) In the draft of his autobiography, Wang Jingwei describes his work after being released from prison for the attempted assassination of the Prince Regent, which centered around plans for a vote to decide on the … Read More

Army Trooper Wang Jianfeng Remembers Wang Jingwei

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Photo shows Chiang Kai-shek reviewing the troops. Wang Jianfeng is third from the right in the front row.Mr. Wang Jianfeng, who served under General Dai Li’s Bureau of Investigation and Statistics, wrote about his experiences in the Japanese-occupied territories. Thanks to Mr. Wang’s nephew Mr. Zhou, who contacted the Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust on Facebook, we are now able to … Read More

Wang Jingwei: “My Mother”

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秋庭晨課圖 Morning Lessons in the Autumn Garden

“Morning Lessons in the Autumn Garden,” Fang Junbi (1898-1986) Among the many women who played influential roles in Wang Jingwei’s life, two women who are rarely mentioned deserve particular attention: Wang’s mother and his mother-in-law. Wang’s mother, known only as “Madame Wu” (the record of her full name has not survived) died a few days after Wang’s thirteenth birthday. Even so, the … Read More

When Wang Jingwei Was Arrested

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Wang Jingwei's draft of autobiography, page 13

When officials asked Wang Jingwei why his essays “Trend of Revolution,” “Determination for Revolution,” and “A Farewell letter” were sewn into the lining of his coat, he responded: “These essays were first written with ink, now I want to write them in blood.” Page 13 of Wang Jingwei’s draft of an autobiography, in Wang Jingwei: His Life, Ideas and Beliefs … Read More