Mr. Yang Chia-hsiang was a Chinese public official, defendor of the religious liberty and ardent agitator against Japanese aggression He also upheld untiringly the integrity of the Chinese Republic.
Mr. Yang Chia-hsiang was born at Foochow, Fujian province in 1882 where he obtained his early training.
Mr. Yang was given both a Chinese classical and modern Western education. He possessed an unusual attitude in his youth both in literary work and the art of painting. He completed his education in Japan where he studied law and government.
Upon the return to China Mr. Yang first became a member of the financial board of Fujan Province. In 1912 when the first election took place after the revolution and the establishment of the Republic he entered parliament and took one of the foremost places in the work of reorganization.
Through his legislative career he exhibited not only an incorruptible integrity but also a self-sacrificing devotion to the welfare of China. When the movement to exalt Confucianism began and a bill aiming to establish the constitution as the state religion was introduced in the Senate, he bent his energy against it. The fight was hard and only a few yotes saved China from ecclesiasticism and won the freedom of worship for the four hundred million people. Besides defending religious liberty he was an ardent agitator against Japanese aggression and upheld untiringly the integrity of the Chinese Republic.