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 to a Christian family in Shandong Province, 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. 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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