Madame Chiang [Kai-shek] - Chicago - 9-3-58 neg. Trims SOF and Sil.
Date Of Production
September 3 1958
Soong Mei-ling (aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek) gives a press conference at The Drake hotel during her visit to Chicago on September 3, 1958. She denounces Soviet Russia and the People's Republic of China while defending the right of the Republic of China to re-take mainland China by force.
Soong Mei-ling (aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek), the First Lady of the Republic of China, gives a press conference in Chicago on September 3, 1958. She was in Chicago to speak at The American Legion 40th National Convention. She speaks strongly against the Soviet Union and Communism, referring to Communism as a "cancer" which must be opposed by "freedom loving" people. She speaks about Quemoy Island and the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis, the goal of the Republic of China to take back mainline China from the People's Republic of China (which she calls a puppet of Russia), about her belief that the spread of Communism must be stopped, and about the 14 July Revolution in Iraq.
After this, the remainder of the footage is silent. There are exterior shots of the sign for The Drake hotel and then Soong Mei-ling is escorted into the hotel using the entrance on Walton Pl. This is followed by footage of her entering where the conference is taking place and of reporters. 16mm cameras can be seen set up to record. All of this footage appears to precede the press conference, even though it comes after it on the reel.