安娜·路易斯·斯特朗

Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970)

That's China - - That's China 城市漫步 -

The Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist was best known for her re­port­ing on and sup­port for com­mu­nist move­ments in the Soviet Union and the Peo­ple's Re­pub­lic of China. Born in Friend, Ne­brask an un­usu­ally gifted child, she raced through gram­mar and high school, nd then stud­ied lan­guages in Europe. In the late 1920s, Strong trav­elled in China, where she ob­served the coun­try’s Peas­ant Move­ment in­ten­sively, and other parts of Asia. She be­came friends with Soong Ching-ling, Zhou En­lai and Deng Yingchao. As al­ways her trav­els led to books: China's Mil­lions (1928), Red Star in Sa­markand (1929). She set­tled per­ma­nently in Bei­jing at the age of 72, and lived in the coun­try un­til her death in 1970, pub­lish­ing a "Let­ter from China." It was in an in­ter­view with her, in 1946, that Mao Ze­dong prop­a­gated his fa­mous catch­phrase of "pa­per tigers". Strong lived in the old Ital­ian Le­ga­tion in Bei­jing which had been con­verted into flats for the lead­ing "for­eign friends".

Anna Louise re­vis­it­ing Yan'an

80-year-old Anna Louise with Zhou En­lai and Deng Yingchao in 1965

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