Sun marries Song Qingling

In 1911, Sun fell in love with his young secretary, Song Qingling. Song was the daughter of one of China’s most Westernized families. Charlie Song, her father, was a Vanderbilt-educated devout Christian, who had made a fortune as an entrepreneur in Shanghai. Sun and Qingling were married in 1915. Song Qingling’s older sister Ailing married a prominent Chinese banker, while her younger sister, Meiling would marry Chiang Kai-shek, tying the Song family deeply to the Chinese republican cause.

Hong Kong Director Mabel Cheung created a film about the three Song sisters in 1997.