Michael Crook, Third Generation China Hand
Embassy of Ireland
3 Ritan Dong Lu
Aierlan Dashiguan 3 Ritan Dong Lu
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So many battles were fought during the Second World War affecting many countries, and changing forever many lives. One of the most important campaigns of the War, without doubt, was China's resistance. Its military and civilians made enormous sacrifices during those harrowing years resulting in 35 million casualties. But China wasn't alone in this fight. Many foreigners fought shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese and contributed to the victory.
As China is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of World War II, Michael Crook will present the war through the eyes of foreigners who fought alongside China and tell their compelling stories.
Born in Beijing shortly after the founding of the PRC, Michael lived through the tumultuous times of the Great Leap Forward, the People's communes and the Cultural Revolution. Apart from attending university in Britain and some years in the US in the 80s, Michael has lived in China for 60 years. Today, he teaches Chinese Studies at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) which he helped found in 1994.