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Chen Jieru

Chen Jieru

Chinese writer
The basics
Occupations Autobiographer
Countries China
Gender female
Birth August 26, 1906 (Shanghai)
Death January 21, 1971 (Hong Kong)
Spouse: Chiang Kai-shek
Authority ISNI id Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

Chen Jieru (Chinese: 陳潔如; Wade-Giles: Ch'en Chieh-ju; Pinyin: Chén Jiérú; August 26, 1906 – January 21, 1971) was the second wife of Chiang Kai-shek. She was nicknamed Jennie.
Chen's ancestral hometown was Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, and she was born in Shanghai. She wrote a memoir which Chiang successfully suppressed during his lifetime.
It was finally published in 1993. In the memoir, Chen details how she and Chiang Kai-shek met at the home of a mutual friend in 1918 and how he pursued her, finally convincing her to marry him in late 1921 by stating that his arranged marriage with Mao Fumei was unhappy and celibate, and his liaison with Yao Yecheng was a social courtesy following her disfigurement.

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