China History

Lost to History: Chiang Fang-liang

From 1978 to 1988, the First Lady of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Chiang Fang-liang, better known to her childhood friends as Faina Ipat’evna Vakhreva.


Faina, a Belarussian, was a Communist Youth League member who Chiang Kaishek’s son, Chiang Chingkuo, met while studying in the Soviet Union.

While Faina and her husband have passed away, her husband’s reforms have made Taiwan a vibrant democracy. His party, the KMT, recently won elections their. One of Faina’s children — Amy Hsiao-Chang, is still alive. While Amy seems to keep a low profile, she was featured in the May 18, 1959, edition of Life magazine.

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