Pirate Confederation of Ching Shih


Topic Summary

Topic: Expansion of the Fleets

Ching Shih was one of the strongest females in history, and yet her legacy is rarely discussed. Starting off as a Cantonese Prostitute, she came to rule over history's largest pirate fleet after the death of her husband. Her fleet dominated over the South China Sea, and they battled foreign powers to retain their control. Ching Shih's fleet largely influenced the livelihoods of civilians on the coastal cities of the Qing Dynasty.

This committee will simulate and (hopefully) recreate this legacy. Starting from 1807, when Ching Shih first took over, members of this committee will act as the main advisors to Ching Shih. They're tasked with the duties of maintaining internal order of a crew over 20,000 strong. Delegates must also work to counter the military and navy forces of the Qing Dynasty, the Portuguese, and the British. All of this will take place with the freedom of the sea, living a pirate's life.

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Pirate Confederation of Ching Shih! My name is Joy Wang, and I can’t wait to meet and work with you all as the Committee’s 2020 HMUN director.

I am a sophomore at the college with a passion for public policy, especially educational policy. Although I am concentrating in economics, I am also debating between 5 other secondary fields. Besides MUN, I am also heavily involved in the Chinese Student Association, among other activities.

HMUN brings together a diverse and passionate group of delegates to discuss a wide range of topics. The result is extraordinary, filled with amazing debate and ideas. It truly pushes delegates to grow and learn, and I'm delighted to be a part of that process.

Don't focus on the gavel - focus on growing. There's so much to be learned from your own research, your fellow delegates, and your chairs. Make sure to enjoy your experience, especially with such an exciting committee! If you feel like you've been thrown in at the deep end, please feel free to reach out for help.


Joy Wang

Director, Pirate Confederation of Ching Shih

Harvard Model United Nations 2020