CHIANG KAI-SHEK

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About Me


Basic Information
Hometown: Zhejiang Province in China
Current City: If I were alive (died April 5, 1975) I would like to live in Taipei, Taiwan.
Sex:
Male
Birthday: October 31, 1887
Political views: Nationalist (Kuomintang)
Religion: Confucianism, Christianity
Favorite quotations: My slogans - "organization of the people's army", "establishment of a government of integrity", "indemnify the rights of agricultural and industrial organizations".
My quotes - "We become what we do." "Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one's self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own."

Bio: My name is Chiang Kai-shek. I was born into a moderately prosperous merchant and farming family in 1887 in Zhejang Province. My father died in 1896 when I was still a boy. My loving mother was an embodiment of Confucian virtues. During my childhood, China was experiencing a time of unrest under the rule of the Qing dynasty. I shared the view of many Chinese that the Qing rule was too traditional and that China needed to modernize. After attending the Baoding Military Academy in 1906, I joined Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary group that was attempting to overthrow the imperial government in the Revolution of 1911. We revolutionaries were successful, for in 1912 Sun Yat-sen proclaimed the Republic of China in place of the Qing dynasty. Sun Yat-sen became the leader of the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang. Sun Yat-sen and I grew close because he needed my military expertise. In an arranged marriage, I married Mao Fumei and had a son, Ching-kuo, and a daughter, Chien-hua, with her. In 1923, Sun Yat-sen sent me to observe the military and social systems of the Soviet Union. When I returned, I became the commander of the Whampoa Military Academy, which trained the Kuomintang army. After Sun Yat-sen's death in 1925, I was the most powerful party member and became the leader the Kuomintang. In 1927, I was married for a second time to Sun Yat-sen's widow's younger sister, Soon Mei-ling. Her Westernized family convinced me to adopt Christianity. At this time, Chinese Communists were gaining power, and I feared that they would undermine the Nationalists. In an effort to ensure my power, I moved the capital from Beijing to Nanjing which centralized government. In 1931, Japan seized Manchuria. I wanted to crush the Communists before I dealt with the Japanese, so in the 1930s I launched a series of campaigns against the Communists. My failure to focus on the invading Japanese caused the majority of the population to turn to the Communist leader Mao Zedong because he wanted to expel the despised foreigners. In what was known to be called the Sian Incident, I was held captive until I agreed to ally with the Communists to fight against the common enemy. When Japan invaded in 1937, many people looked to Mao, instead of me, as the hero who would protect China. With the help of other Allies in World War II, Japan surrendered in 1945. Civil war once again erupted in China. My government was weakened by corruption and by 1949, Mao Zedong and his Communist party proved victorious by establishing the People's Republic of China. That same year, I fled to Taiwan and with the help of the United States, set up the Republic of China. I believed that the Kuomintang was China's legitamate government, and Taiwan occupied the Chinese seat in the United Nations for several years. Under my rule, Taiwan was able to prosper economically. The United States provided Taiwan with generous aid and military protection. However, the United States began to have contact with the Chinese mainland and broke diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, four years after my death in 1975. I was succeeded by my son, Chiang Ching-kuo.

Relationships
Father: Chiang Zhacong
Mother: Wang Caiyu
Brothers: none (Sun Yat-sen was my brother-in-law)
Sisters: none
Spouses: Mao Fumei (first wife), Soong Mei-ling (second wife)
Son: Chiang Ching-kuo
Daughter: Chiang Chien-hua

Likes and Interests
Activities: target shooting, paint ball, capture the flag
Interests: studying military strategies, being in charge
Music: Rock 'n roll
Books: the Dauxe (one of the four Confucian classics), "Three Principles of the People"
Movies: Saving Private Ryan, Remember the Titans
Television: I do not have time for TV

Education and Work
School: Baoding Military Academy
Employer: I was apprenticed to shop owners in my hometown, but I ran away to join the provincial army. I was president of the Whampoa Military Academy, which was the training center for the Nationalist army.


Photos


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Groups


Group 1: TaiwanFocus
Explanation: This group discusses Taiwan's history, present, and future. I steered Taiwan toward modernization and helped it establish a strong economy. I was a very important figure in Taiwan's history, so it would be important for me to join this group.
Group 2: People's War
Explanation: This group discusses geopolitical struggles around the world. I fought against China's imperial government, so I know what it takes to be a successful revolutionary. I support anyone who wants to instill the ideas of nationalism, democracy, and social welfare into their society. Sometimes the only way to achieve this goal is through revolution.
Group 3: conquerlist
Explanation: This group is a fantasy wargame in which each player is the ruler of a group of people. I would excel at this game, for I am a very experienced military leader. I would enjoy crushing the surrounding areas and gaining more territory.
Group 4: chiangkaishek: CHIANG KAI-SHEK FORUM
Explanation: This group discusses my legacy, life, and place in the world and Chinese history. I would join this group because I would want to monitor what was being stated about me. I would also join to hear the compliments of people in support of my actions.
Group 5: Chiang Kai Shek College
Explanation: Since I am Chiang Kai-shek, I think that it is important to know who is attending the college named after me. I want to ensure that I am being properly represented. I also want every student that attends this college to be educated about my life and legacy.
Group 6: military weapons
Explanation: As the leader of the Nationalist army, I know a thing or two about weapons. This group discusses military weapons and the art of warfare. I am very interested in war strategies and weaponry.
Group 7: KMT International: KUOMINTERN
Explanation: This group focuses on bringing the ideals of the Kuomintang leader, Sun Yat-sen's "Three Principles of the People" to other countries. As a close friend to Sun Yat-sen, I fully support his actions and beliefs. I also support the "Three Principles of the People" and believe that its ideals of nationalism, democracy, and social welfare could greatly benefit other countries.
Group 8: maoism
Explanation: This group has discussion for or against Mao. As an anti-Communist, I would be against Mao. I would enjoy discussing why I am against Mao's policies and communism.
Group 9: Communist Party
Explanation: As an anti-Communist, I need to know the beliefs of the Communists to better support my arguments against them. This group offers an opportunity for people to express their opinions in favor of communism and also against communism. It would be interesting to learn the reasons why others dislike communism like me.
Group 10: taiwan pride international
Explanation: This group is dedicated to people who love Taiwan. I fit that category! Taiwan was my home after I fled from the Communists in China. I helped Taiwan prosper economically. I am proud to have been the leader of such a fine country.


Quizzes


Quiz 1: Which Feeling are you?
Results: Violet Sensation, you don't care what other people think, say or do. You're just an independent person who love living life at it's fullest extreme. You would be a good politician as you are very good at debating. ROCK ON!
Reflection: It is true that I do not worry about what other people say. I do what I want to do. I am very independent, however, as a leader I do need the support of the people to be successful. I am a politician, for I took over the Kuomintang after Sun Yat-sen's death. I also prepare for battle by listening to rock music.
Quiz 2: What's your magic power?
Results: Dark, the power to manipulate, create and destroy matter.
Reflection: I am capable of great things (evil laugh here). As a leader, I am capable of controlling people. Since I was trained in the army, I am capable of causing harm and pain.
Quiz 3: What kind of personality do you have?
Results: Serious, you often just cover up your emotions with a blank expression
Reflection: I am serious in my nature. I do not show my emotions, for I rather keep what I am feeling to myself. As a leader, one cannot let the people see you sweat or breakdown in a time of crisis. I believe that having a straight face and covering up my emotions will bring me more respect from the people.
Quiz 4: What dream are you?
Results: Horrific Nightmare, nightmares sometimes are derived from someone who has a guilty concience, or if you had recently seen or heard about something that you didn't feel comfortable with, or if you are restless with a decision that you made.
Reflection: I experienced my own nightmares when I chose to fight the Communists rather than the invading Japanese. This decision cost me my position as leader of China, and turned the country over to the hands of the Communists. I felt guilty for letting so many of my people down by not making expelling the foreigners my top priority.
Quiz 5: What kind of doodle are you?
Results: People (faces), You like learning new things. You are smart and kind. You work hard for what you want. You study people. You have a lot of determination.
Reflection: All of these characteristics are true. I pay attention to detail. I am determined to achieve my goals and I work hard until I achieve them. ANnexample of this is the overthrow of the Qing dynasty, in which the revolutionaries, myself included, fought against the traditional government until we were victorious.


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