Well, which one gets your vote?
- Soong Mei-ling ("Madame Chiang")
- Annette Lu
- Admire both
- Admire neither
Ever notice that the newspapers seem to think Soong the last word in feminine grace, while reviling their very own vice president Annette Lu? Think about what this means.
Soong basically shagged her way to the top, bagged herself a dictator, and spent her life conforming to the model of what well-to-do ladies were supposed to do. Meanwhile, the ever-outspoken Lu made genuine sacrifices for the sake of human rights and political rights as a prisoner of Soong’s husband’s regime. Now which one of these is the better role model?
Interestingly, if not for Soong, Taiwan might have remained Japanese. This would have been a good thing for the ethnic Taiwanese who would have received Japanese citizenship, competent government, and greater wealth; but a bad thing for the “mainlanders” who would have had to go back to “mainland” China, and their original wives.