A primary goal in the publication of Wang Jingwei & Modern China is to further the understanding of the life and ideas of Wang Jingwei using his own words, those of his associates, and factual events. To this end, our books feature thousands of scans of handwritten works along with complete transcriptions.
The volume titled Wang Jingwei: His Life, Ideas and Beliefs features a collection of private letters written by Wang, published for the first time. Here are a few examples:
Regardless of how devastated I am, the steps to save the country cannot be disrupted.WANG JINGWEI, in letter to Fang Junbi, dated March 25, 1939, five days after Zeng Zhongming’s assassination in Hanoi
Twenty-six letters written by Wang Jingwei to his closest associates Zeng Zhongming (1896-1939), Zeng Xing (1882-1954), Fang Junying (1884-1923) and other members of the Fang family dating from 1910 to 1939 cover a wide range of topics, such as: an intimate declaration of love for his future wife Chen Bijun (1891-1959); observations during his trip to France at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference; information about his medical conditions; an expression of concern for Fang Junbi (1898-1986) after the 1939 assassination of her husband Zeng Zhongming; and discussions of different arrangements to memorialize Zeng. These letters reveal a little known side of Wang Jingwei’s personal life.
Worthy of note also, is the 23-page letter written by Fang Junbi, which chronicles in fine detail the little-known life during the years in France, immediately following the establishment of the Republic in 1912. It is a rare account of the relationships between the Wang and the Fang families, and of Wang’s activities while in France.
Read the letters in Wang Jingwei: His Life, Ideas and Belief for a more complete understanding of Wang the man, not found in other published works.
Many similar discoveries can be found by analyzing the original manuscripts and materials in the Wang Jingwei & Modern China series.