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The support effort

The support effort

As part of the support against Japanese invasion of China, this scene shows a fundraiser held in Sydney where young Chinese women are contestants in the annual Dragon Ball and Chinese general and leader Jiang Jieshi, copying a letter urging support, for distribution

Many events were organised in Australia to raise funds to support the Chinese government against the Japanese invasion. These young Chinese women are contestants in the annual Dragon Ball fundraiser in Sydney. A letter from Chinese general and leader Jiang Jieshi, urging support, is being copied for distribution.

Jiang Jieshi

Chinese nationalist general and leader, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) headed governments of China from 1928 to 1949 and, from 1949, the exiled nationalist government in Taiwan. A trained military leader, Jiang served in the 1911 Chinese Revolution and in rebellions against the government of Yuan Shih-Kai. From 1918 he served with Dr Sun Yat-Sen's nationalist Kuomintang government. Following Sun Yat-Sen's death in 1925 Jiang Jieshi led the Kuomintang against the communist forces during the Chinese Civil War (1927–1949). Jiang later led China during the war against the Japanese from 1937 to 1945. After the end of the Second World War, the communists were successful in driving Jiang's nationalist government and supporters into exile in Taiwan. In 1937, Jiang Jieshi sent a letter to the Chinese in Australia, appealing for their support against the Japanese invasion.