A portrait of the Jiajing Emperor (1521-1567) of the Ming dynasty, who survived a bizarre assassination attempt in 1542. A portrait of the Jiajing Emperor (1521-1567) of the Ming dynasty, who survived a bizarre assassination attempt in 1542.
A portrait of the Jiajing Emperor (1521-1567) of the Ming dynasty, who survived a bizarre assassination attempt in 1542.
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

If Haiti president’s assassination is a puzzle, how about when Chinese imperial palace maids tried to kill an emperor in his sleep?

  • In 1542, led by one Yang Jinying, more than a dozen palace maids attempted to strangle the Ming dynasty’s Jiajing Emperor while he slept
  • In the ensuing scuffle, a panic-stricken maid ran to report the attack to the empress, who came to the emperor’s rescue with armed guards

A portrait of the Jiajing Emperor (1521-1567) of the Ming dynasty, who survived a bizarre assassination attempt in 1542. A portrait of the Jiajing Emperor (1521-1567) of the Ming dynasty, who survived a bizarre assassination attempt in 1542.
A portrait of the Jiajing Emperor (1521-1567) of the Ming dynasty, who survived a bizarre assassination attempt in 1542.
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