By: Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) An American missionary who came to China in the early 1910s is best remembered in Taiwan for her efforts to care for and protect many women and children during the Rape of Nanjing by Japanese soldiers in 1937 during the Republic of China’s War of Resistance against Japan that ended in 1945.
The heroic acts of Minnie Vautrin have been a focus of a series of events in Taiwan in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war that will run through October.
As part of the commemoration, the government invited her great grandniece, Cindy Vautrin, to Taiwan for a weeklong visit that concluded Saturday.
On behalf of her great-great aunt, Cindy Vautrin received a medal from President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) earlier this week in recognition of the U.S. missionary’s acts during the war. [FULL STORY]