Friday, August 25, 2006

Cheng Man-ch'ing: 1947 Thirteen Chapters, Wang Ch'ung-hui's Dedication

The mysterious art of Taichi, interlaces and penetrates the hundred vessels.
It bestows longevity, cures illnesses, and is a teaching the entire world may follow.
With profound study a nourishment is achieved that garners praise and admiration.

Dedicated to
Mr. Man-ch'ing and his Thirteen Chapters on Taichi Chuan.
Wang Ch'ung-hui.

It would be difficult to underestimate the importance of a man like Wang Ch'ung-hui.王寵惠 1881–1958, the foremost Chinese jurist of modern times. Educated in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States Wang was greatly influenced by Sun Yat-sen. In 1912, Wang became the first Minister of Justice of the Chinese republic. An important figure in the Kuomintang, he held numerous positions in the field of Chinese and international law. He was Chief Justice of the Chinese Supreme Court (1920), Minister of Justice (1922, 1927–31), Deputy Judge (1923–25), and Judge of the World Court (1931–36). Wang was also Minister of Education (1926), and President of the Judicial Yuan (1928–31, 1948–50).

Sun Yat-sen's Cabinet Ministers, circa 1920. Wang Ch'ung-hui is to the immediate right of the seated Sun Yat-sen.Second from left is Yu Yu-jen.

Wang Ch'ung-hui, (front seated, fourth from left), to the right of Yu Yu-jen, and Chiang Kai-shek. This photo taken in the mid-50's outside the Presidential Palace in Taipei.


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