Where Was Eileen Chang When President John F. Kennedy Was Shot?


The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 p.m. CST (18:30 UTC). John F. Kennedy was fatally wounded by gunshots while riding with his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in a Presidential motorcade.


The event left a lasting impression on many people. It is said that everyone remembers where they were when they heard about the Kennedy assassination, [114] like with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 before it, and the terrorist attacks waged on September 11, 2001 afterwards.

Where was Chinese writer Eileen Chang when she heard about the Kennedy assassination?  She wrote the following letter to Stephen and Mae Soong a couple of months later.  The mailing address was in Washington D.C., USA (see the envelop).

[translation]  On the day when Kennedy was assassinated two months ago, I woke up around noon.  I was lying in bed and listening to the radio.  Suddenly, there was a breaking news story.  From the president's motorcade parade, a reporter heard gunshots but did not know whether the president had been shot.  From that moment on, there was a news report every few minutes until around 1pm the next day.  It was very suspenseful and shocking, and quite different from reading it in the newspaper.  I had a sense of catharsis.

January 25, 1964