Yang Huimin

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.
Yang with the ROC flag

Yang Huimin (simplified Chinese: 杨惠敏; traditional Chinese: 楊惠敏; pinyin: Yáng Huìmǐn; March 6, 1915 - March 9, 1992) was a Girl Guide during the 1937 Battle of Shanghai who supplied a Republic of China flag and brought supplies to besieged defenders of the Sihang Warehouse. Her actions proved inspiring to the defenders, who flew the flag the next daybreak in front of thousands of watching eyes across the bank of the Suzhou Creek.

Personal life[edit]

Three different portrayals of Yang Huimin: 1938 film, 1976 film, and ca. 1940 "gum card" ephemera.

Yang had studied physical education in Shanghai and was a member of the girl scouts when the war broke out. Her courageous action during the Defense of Sihang Warehouse made her famous. In 1938, she was sent overseas to raise support and spoke about China's struggle in a number of countries.

After the Chinese Civil War, Yang followed the Chiang Kai-shek government to Taiwan. She married National Taiwan University professor of physical education Zhu Chongming (朱重明) and had two sons, Zhu Fugui (朱復圭) and Zhu Fuhong (朱復轟). She worked as a physical education teacher in Taipei.

Yang died of a stroke March 9, 1992 at the age of 78. Her involvement in the Sihang Warehouse defense is featured in the 1976 Taiwanese film Eight Hundred Heroes by starring Brigitte Lin as Yang Huimin.

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