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The Magical China Trip 2012

The Meeting

CHINA | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Views [608]

Gloria and I met Professor Wu at a lounge (similar to The Sub at Boise State, only much nicer and with a full bar) on the Fudan University campus.  He is a studious, soft-spoken man of middle years.  He brought with him the printed copies of my brief biography of my father (see Back Story) and the Catalog of documents that Jody and I prepared for him containing a list of all the papers and pictures my father left as his legacy to us.

Professor Wu was very sincere in telling me that my father’s work in China and the documents he left would be very important and valued by the Chinese historians.  He then invited me to have dinner with himself and his students who were celebrating the mid-autumn festival.  He drove Gloria and me to the restaurant where we joined the students in a private room.  Altogether, there were about 15 or 20 Ph.D. candidates; each one shared their topic of research with the rest of us (Gloria translated for me) and it was fascinating.  Most of them are researching the history around World War II and the people and institutions within China at that time.

Professor Wu also mentioned and invited me to attend a conference to be held in Shanghai at the end of November.  Academics and researchers from all over the world will be attending [more on this later].

Tags: fudan, myers, shanghai

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