Correspondence, writings, legal and financial records, printed matter, motion picture film, and audiovisual material relating
to operations of the Oriental Corporation in Tianjin, China, and subsequently in Hong Kong.
Born in 1898, the Chinese businessman Song Feiqing is best known for his role in modern China's industrialization and for
promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in China. Born into a Christian family in Shandong Province, in the early 1920s Song
went to Chicago to study business management at Northwestern University. In 1925, he returned to China and spent the next
several years working in his father's business in Tianjin. Seeing that China's industry was lacking entrepreneurship, especially
in the textile market where foreign countries were profiting at China's expense, in 1932 Song established the Oriental Corporation
(Dongya) in Tianjin. That corporation became China's first textile company to use Chinese wool to produce its yarn and to
sell its products both domestically and internationally. By the 1940s, the corporation had become the largest yarn production
company in China, having garnered more than 80 percent of the domestic Chinese market.
13 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 motion picture film reel
(8.6 linear feet)
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