Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970)
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