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I think it would not do Dr. Han justice to second guess the implication of
what she wrote or did not write about China today. If your suspicion on
China putting some "special agents" around Dr. Han, I can tell you this
much. As an invited lecturer to the National Academy of Sciences in the
early reopening of China (1979), I too had the same treatment and I was only
a little professor. Dr. Han as an international dignatory visiting China
during that period of time had such reception is no surprise to me.
Especially in the early days, there was a lot of uncertainty about social
disorder. They cannot afford to create an international incident if Dr. Han
was hurt in some way. You might call it over caution but that is a fact.
Today, travelling to China is like to any other European countries.
Dr. Han has written a lot about China before and after 1949, including a
biography of Zhou Enlai. She also visited Meizhou in 1995 and had interviews
with the magazine "Hakkaren" published by Meizhou. If you read the
interviews, you might have a different impression.
- Re: Han Suyin
- From: Teresa Kowalska <firstname.lastname@example.org>