1923-24 - The Mystery of Nai Nai's Father
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1923- Chiang Kai-shek badgered Sun Yat-sen into sending him to Moscow to learn about security and discipline from the Soviets. Chiang stayed three months at a time when Lenin was dying. Trotsky, in a power battle with Stalin, found time for long conversations with Chiang (what language barrier?). Chiang returned to China convinced that the Communists were the number one enemy of the Kuomintang and not incidentally, the Green Gang, in the fight to rule China. Chiang, nominally answered to Sun Yat-sen, but there was never a doubt that his real loyalties were to Green Gang kingpins, Pock-marked Huang, Big-eared Tu, and the shadowy Curio Chang.
With the help of Russian military advisers, the KMT set up the Whampoa Military Academy on an island in the Pearl River some ten miles south of Canton where a real army could be trained and equipped with Soviet weapons. Chiang Kai-shek convinced Sun Yat-sen to appoint him military commandant of Whampoa in spite of strenuous objections from the Russians and the Chinese Communist members of the Kuomintang. Of some three thousand qualified applicants for the first class, only 500 could be admitted, all highly literate, and to be sure, members of the Shanghai Green Gang; classes began on May 5, 1924. Chiang Kai-shek, following the principles of Sun Tzu's Art of War, was allowing the Russian Bolsheviks and the Chinese Communists to build a modern army for him.
Time out for some speculations. It's about Nai Nai Liddy's father, the grandfather of Katie, Keri, Konrad, and Kurt, the great-grandfather of Aleks, Andrew, Andrei, Christina, and Julianne. Nai Nai never knew her father and was never told much about him growing up in that part of China not too far, it would seem, from the Pearl River island where the future of China was being shaped in 1924. When Nai Nai read the paragraph about the Whampoa Military Academy, she made a red-inked commentary in the margin :My father may have been killed by Chiang Kai-shek's secret police. You children and grandchildren of the lady I call 'the Luminous Liddy' should know that in quiet moments she often thinks about the father she never knew, who wouldn't? What was he like? You may think of him as a hero of the Chinese revolution, there is no evidence to prove otherwise. You may even give him a name - Curio Chang?
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