112) Wu also compares Wang Jingwei
and Kang Youwei's poems on the same theme to highlight Lu Bicheng's modern feminist viewpoint.
Chen Bijun and her husband, Wang Jingwei
, assume roles in a "Peace Movement" and a puppet government in Japanese occupied territory only after losing their power struggle with Chiang Kai-shek for control of the Nationalist regime and a failed assassination plot against Wang Jingwei
in Hanoi in March 1939.
The following four chapters are more focused, considering the Tanaka Memorial, Manzhouguo (Manchukuo), the Rape of Nanjing, and the collaborationist regime of Wang Jingwei
Zanasi focuses on Wang Jingwei
(Wang Ching-wei) in the struggle with Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek).
More than being a most supportive wife of Wang Jingwei, who headed the Nanjing regime, Madame Wang (Wang Furen [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) was a powerful political figure in her own right.
The young, wealthy, and spoiled Chen met Wang Jingwei (born near Guangzhou) while he promoted anti-Manchu revolutionary ideas in Southeast Asia.
This may be the reason why some scholars have compared Chen Bijun to Empress Dowager Cixi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and even condemned her as a "supra-emperor"; that is, Chen controlled Wang Jingwei to a great extent.
The book does not address the important question of what Guomindang leaders like Chiang Kai-shek and Wang Jingwei
actually thought of student activism.
Contrasting the rich literature devoted to the human condition in Nazi-occupied Europe, Fu points out that studies of Japanese-occupied China have thus far concentrated nearly exclusively on the politics of collaboration and of leading collaborators such as Wang Jingwei and Zhou Fohai, while largely ignoring the "human responses" (p.
Fu concentrates on the moral plight of writers in Shanghai, China's then leading cultural, financial, and commercial centre, and the most important city controlled by the puppet regime of Wang Jingwei.
During this two-year period, Gan became one of the leading interpreters of Sun's thought and Nationalist ideology, but also gained a reputation as a leading political "leftist" and ardent follower of Wang Jingwei [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1883-1944).
With their departure, Jiang Jieshi assumed military leadership within the Party and Wang Jingwei swept aside his major competitor for civilian control of the Party.