Friend of China - The Myth of Rewi Alley (Chinese Worlds) by Anne-Marie Brady

By Anne-Marie Brady

This research is a thorough and arguable research of the existence and works of Rewi Alley using either chinese language fabrics and formerly unpublished fabrics from western assets. instead of a biography as such, it's a revisionist heritage, re-examining what we all know and comprehend approximately the most recognized, or certainly notorious, foreigners in smooth China: Rewi Alley, who arrived in China in 1927 from New Zealand and lived there for the remainder of his existence. Alley used to be considered as an exceptional humanitarian and internationalist. Later he grew to become an outspoken 'foreign pal' of the chinese language regime and prolific propagandist at the new China. This publication examines the parable and truth of his lifestyles, utilizing them to discover the function of foreigners in China's diplomatic relatives and their delicate position in China after 1949, laying naked the real position of China's 'foreign acquaintances' in chinese language international coverage.

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25 SHANGHAILANDER In the same letter on the current student unrest in Peking universities he wrote: Most of the trouble seems to come from the students who are planted in all Christian Universities by Red organisations to foment trouble. 29 In all three works, this is Alley’s crucial epiphanal moment; they claim that from this point on he decided to commit himself to the Chinese revolution. 30 In the 1930 letter Alley describes the sight of a beggar being led to his execution in Peking as ‘pitiful’ but is not especially sympathetic.

32 From early on in his career in the fire service, Alley was responsible for safety inspections. What he saw there would gradually influence him to make a commitment to social change in China. The problems of China in the 1920s and 1930s were not simply those of exploited labour in Shanghai factories. China was split by civil war, and the corruption of the nominal government of the Nationalists was all too obvious, as was its intense anti-foreignism. By the late 1930s, to many, foreign and Chinese alike – not all of them Marxists – the Chinese Communist Party offered the most hopeful alternative to the economic, political and social chaos of the time.

26 The adoption of young boys by Rewi Alley and Alec Camplin was part of this pattern, as it is part of a universal pattern, the desire for family. ’ Alley was a man with a deep need for and love of family. He craved the acceptance and understanding that only family members can give. Yet he both physically and emotionally distanced himself from his New Zealand family. His fear of revealing his sexuality to them meant that he could never find the closeness he needed. Instead he created a Chinese ‘family’ where he found love and acceptance of who he was.

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