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Name  Soong Ai-ling
Role  H. H. Kung's wife
Spouse  H. H. Kung (m. 1914–1967)

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Born  14 June 1888 (1888-06-14) Shanghai, Qing Dynasty
Died  October 18, 1973, New York City, New York, United States
Children  Kung Ling-i, Kung Ling-chun, Kung Ling-kan, Kung Ling-chie
Parents  Charlie Soong, Ni Kwei-tseng
Siblings  Soong Mei-ling, Soong Ching-ling
Similar People  Soong Mei‑ling, Soong Ching‑ling, H H Kung, Charlie Soong, T V Soong

Soong Ai-ling (traditional Chinese: 宋藹齡; simplified Chinese: 宋蔼龄; pinyin: Sòng Àilíng), or Eling Soong (June 14, 1888 – October 18, 1973) was the eldest of the Soong sisters and the wife of H. H. Kung (Kung Hsiang-Hsi), who was the richest man in the early 20th century Republic of China. The first character of her given name is written as 靄 (same pronunciation) in some texts. Her Christian name was Nancy.

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Life

Born in Shanghai, Soong Ai-ling arrived in the United States at the Port of San Francisco, California on June 30, 1904, aboard the SS Korea at the age of 14 to begin her education at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She returned to China in 1909 after her graduation. In late 1911, she worked as a secretary for Sun Yat-sen, a job later succeeded by her sister, Soong Ching-ling, who later became Madame Sun Yat-sen.

Soong Ai-ling met her future husband, Kung Hsiang Hsi, in 1913, and married the following year in Yokohama. After marrying, Soong taught English for a while and engaged in child welfare work. She went to the United States in the 1940s. She died at age 83 on October 18, 1973 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is interred in a mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County, New York.

Children

  • Kung Ling-i (female) 孔令儀
  • Kung Ling-kai (male) 孔令侃
  • Kung Ling-chun, also known as Kung Ling-wei (female) 孔令俊
  • Kung Ling-chieh (male) 孔令傑, also known as Louis C. Kung, was later an American oil executive. He married actress Debra Paget in 1964; the union ended in 1980. The couple had one son, Gregory Teh-chi Kung (born 1964) 孔德基. Louis C. Kung died in 1996 in Houston, Texas.
  • Media portrayal

    In the 1997 Hong Kong movie The Soong Sisters, Soong Ai-ling was portrayed by actress Michelle Yeoh.

    References

    Soong Ai-ling Wikipedia


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