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Patriotism prompts girl guide to bravery in 1937 Shanghai battle

Patriotism prompts girl guide to bravery in 1937 Shanghai battle

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Yang Hui-min's (???) action in delivering a national flag to Chinese troops besieged by invading Japanese at a warehouse in Shanghai in 1937 was driven by her strong patriotism and bravery, according to the late heroine's son. Yang (1915-1992), who at the time was a 22-year-old girl guide, became a civilian heroine during the 1937-45 Second Sino-Japanese War when she braved grave danger to deliver the flag to around 400 besieged soldiers who were holding out at the Sihang Warehouse (????) during the Battle of Shanghai. Her heroism was later recorded for posterity and written into Taiwanese school textbooks. In a recent interview with CNA as part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, Yang's second son, Chu Fu-hung (???), described his mother as a woman with extraordinary courage. "Who would care about life or death when the country was going through such an ordeal?" Chu asked, citing his mother's remarks while recalling her volunteering to make the delivery after learning that the soldiers wanted a national flag to declare their determination to guard their land. Yang once recalled that seeing the warehouse surrounded by Japanese flags during the siege made her feel it would be a great glory to hoist a Republic of China flag on top of the warehouse. Later, after the Republic of China's defeat at the hands of the communists in China's civil war, Yang followed the Chiang Kai-shek government to Taiwan, where she married National Taiwan University professor Chu Chung-ming (???) and had two sons. The Sihang Warehouse is situated on the Suzhou River, on the opposite bank to the Shanghai International Settlement, which existed as a congregation of foreign concessions between 1843 and 1943. The Battle of Shanghai, which erupted Aug. 13, 1937, broke Japan's plan to seize China within three months through blitzkrieg tactics. Some 400 Chinese soldiers held out at the Sihang Warehouse for four days and nights in October that year, successfully allowing most of the other troops to retreat to the west and carry on the fight against the Japanese Imperial Army. (By Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 00:13 GMT+08:00