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Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 19:30

Celebrating the Life of Rewi Alley

Michael Crook and Panel

Youxie, Old Italian Legation

The young man, Rewi Alley, came to China from New Zealand after fighting in WW I . He stayed, worked tirelessly for the Chinese people, traveled extensively and died here at 90 years old. This year is the 110th anniversary year of the birth of Rewi Alley, 80th anniversary of his arrival, and the 20th anniversary of his death. As his birthday (2 December) approaches, our dear friend, Michael Crook, will guide a panel of experts through their recollections of Rewi Alley's life in China.

Rewi Alley was first a fireman in Shanghai, then a social reformer, educator, writer, poet, translator, great internationalist, industrialist, revered citizen, potter, soldier, a hero and a friend of China. Edgar Snow, the famous American journalist remarked: "Rewi Alley is unique because he has achieved greatness in a country where few foreigners ever manage to achieve an authentic ripple." The most traveled European in the Chinese interior, he was also the author of 66 books, always with the aim of bringing about a greater understanding of his second homeland and its people.

Michael Crook has arranged that the venue for this particular talk will be Friendship Hall, in the compound of the China People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries “Youxie”, which contains the apartment in which Rewi spent the last 2 decades of his life. It is architecturally interesting as part of the Old Italian Legation.