Nora Sun (孙穗芬), the granddaughter of Dr Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of the Chinese republic, has been severely injured in a car accident in Taipei yesterday. The 72-year-old was due to attend the centennial anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Republic of China, but is now battling for her life under intensive care at the Shin Kong Memorial Hospital. The 19-year-old driver of a red car in the opposite lane which suddenly lost control and crashed into Sun’s car is understood to have died on the spot.
Born in Shanghai, Sun moved to Taiwan at an early age, and became the youngest person on the island to become a flight attendant at the age of 17. She subsequently moved to the United States, where she married and raised three children. It was not until she turned 40 did Sun enrol in a university. Her career in the US diplomatic service began seven years later and took her to places like Guangzhou and Paris where she served as trade consul.