The marriage of Chiang Kai-shek and Mei-ling Soong "connected the three big families, Chiang, Soong, and Kung, and formed an essential force in the political landscape of China in the modern age. It was also a prelude to the collaborations and conflicts that would play out among the family members on the political stage." Using that marriage as a key to understanding what follows, this program picks up the intertwined threads of the Chiang Kai-shek story and carries the action through to the end of 1936. The relationship formed between T. V. Soong-now patriarch of the Soong family-and his brothers-in-law Chiang Kai-shek and H. H. Kung is given special attention. Commentary is provided by Chiang Kai-shek biographer Wang Feng; former Kuomintang Party Archives Officer Shao Ming-huang; history professors Wu Jing-ping and Liu Wei-kai; Lin Bo-wen, author of The Secret Files of Chang Hsueh-liang and T.V. Soong; and others.
Introduction: Episode 2: The Power Game- Chiang Kai-shek and His Families (0:46) -- Mei-ling Soong in Shanghai (1:00) -- Whampoa Military Academy (2:34) -- Growing Fame and Romance (1:48) -- Political Defeat and Romantic Success (1:15) -- Marriage Arrangements (3:13) -- Political Importance of Marriage (1:41) -- T.V. Soong's Background (2:45) -- T.V. Soong's Career (1:07) -- Soong Breaks with Chiang (2:31) -- Soong as Finance Minister (2:25) -- Danger of Political Life (1:31) -- H.H. Kung Versus T.V. Soong (1:44) -- Kung as Arms Dealer (1:28) -- T.V. Soong's Policies and Diplomacy (1:09) -- Kung In, Soong Out (3:13) -- New Life Movement (1:11) -- Kung's Policies (1:22) -- Kung Advances Son (1:59) -- Aunt Mei-ling Soong (1:19) -- Xi'an Incident (3:03) -- Aftermath of Xi'an (1:15) -- T.V. Soong After Xi'an (2:55) -- Considering Response to Xi'an (1:53) -- Mei-ling in Xi'an (1:44) -- Negotiating for Chiang's Release (2:39) -- Release and Return of Chiang (2:43) -- Chang Hsueh-liang on Trial (1:49) -- Credits: Episode 2: The Power Game- Chiang Kai-shek and His Families (0:35)
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