Despite fierce opposition, Wang Jingwei called for democratic and social reform during the 1920s and 1930s, believing that the nation is best represented by the people rather than a party-state. During the final chapter of his life, Wang became a leading proponent of the Peace Movement during the 1937-45 Japanese invasion and occupation of China, believing that only with the survival of the people could China survive as a nation.
Wang Jingwei was not only a politician but also an eloquent public speaker, his remarks appeared in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. His essays and speeches dating from 1904 to 1944 fill thousands of published pages. An accomplished poet, scholar and friend to many artists and writers during the 1920s and 1930s, his literary works were admired during his lifetime and are still respected and studied today.
Official histories written since World War II condemned Wang for his leadership in the Peace Movement. But more recent scholars have started to reappraise Wang’s life-long oeuvre in a new light. Wang Jingwei once said in an autobiographical sketch:
“I believe my speeches and essays represent my biography most truthfully… My determination for revolution has never changed. Yet, my attitudes toward people and events have changed throughout the years, and I am always outspoken about the reasons behind the changes. As for whether these reasons are right or wrong, I invite people of the present and the future to make their own comments.”
The Wang Jingwei website is not intended to establish another version of “Wang Jingwei studies.” We wish to understand Wang Jingwei and the complexity of his time in “his own words” as they are revealed in his essays, speeches and poems.
The Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust (WJWIT)
An independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental educational trust, WJWIT promotes the collection, preservation and presentation of original writings, historical materials, calligraphy, artworks and private artifacts created by, or for, Wang Jingwei, his wife Chen Bijun, and their associates. It was created by Ho Mang Hang and his wife Wong Chorfu (Wang Wenxing, Wang Jingwei’s eldest daughter) in 2010.
The mission of the WJWIT is to provide scholars, students and the general public with a comprehensive easily accessible archive of literary and political writings and speeches, as well as private photographs, published and unpublished writings, and selected examples of calligraphy and private correspondence that span Wang’s entire adult life and provide the truest and most fitting biography of this often-misunderstood individual.
By gathering, documenting and preserving Wang Jingwei’s papers and private artifacts by Wang, his wife Chen Bijun and Wang’s political associates for eventual transfer to an academic institution or national archive, the WJWIT’s board of trustees formulates strategies and pursues opportunities to gather and make these source materials available for scholarly research and promote continued study and a better understanding of Wang Jingwei’s life, philosophy and career. In addition, the WJWIT shall actively solicit, collect, encourage donation to the Trust and safeguard other Wang Jingwei materials that have been scattered or misappropriated in any manner.
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