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Known in China, little known beyond (1) - Isabel Crook


๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข, ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ-๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ-๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ (1921) ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข (1949) ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด โ€œ๐˜’๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข, ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅโ€


๐—œ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ้ฅถ็ด ๆข… (105) was born in 1915 to Canadian missionary parents in #Chengdu, #Sichuan#Sichuan province and studied for an MA in anthropology in Canada before returning to China, where she was recruited in the 1940โ€™s to conduct rural reconstruction surveys and movements committed to the revolution in a.o. Hebei and Sichuan provinces.







She married David Crook, a British Communist Party member in 1942 and in the late 1940โ€™s they accepted an invitation from CPC leaders to teach at a newly established foreign affairs and language school in #Beijing, which was the forerunner of today's Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU).




As a teacher at BFSU Crook laid the foundation for foreign language education in China, 400 ambassadors and more than 1,000 foreign affairs diplomats have gone through the doors as graduates since. During the time of the Cultural Revolution, David Crook was imprisoned for 5 years, while Isabel Crook was confined on the BFSU Campus. Despite this, Isabel Crook has stated that she understood and has forgiven, for example at one event by citing one of her favorite poems from Bertolt Brecht:


โ€œThe house was built with the stones that were there,

the picture was painted with the colors that were there,

the revolution was made by the rebels that were there.โ€


โ€œIt is such a realistic poem about the revolution,โ€ she says. โ€œThe revolution was made not by angels, but by ordinary people who wanted a just society. Of course they also made mistakes. Thatโ€™s an unavoidable part of the learning process.โ€ After the death of her husband David Crook in 2000, she told in China Daily "He was well aware that 'revolution is not a dinner party' so he never blamed China for his imprisonment."



Started off in a dormitory on the new school campus in the late 1940โ€™s, she and her late husband have been living on the BFSU campus ever since, having brought up 3 sons. Isabel Crook wrote several books and in 2019 she received the Medal of Friendship, a rare honor reserved for foreigners who have made contributions to Chinaโ€™s socialist modernization and promoted co-operation with other countries from President Xi Jinping.






#china #chinesehistory #chinesesociety #cpc2021


Content and picture sources :


Sources and inspiration https://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2017/02/07/interview-isabel-crook-anthropologist-teacher-and-revolutionary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_Crook https://wikipeacewomen.org/wpworg/en/?page_id=3617 https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1164042.shtml http://www.china.org.cn/living_in_china/life_in_pictures/2008-01/03/content_1237975.htm https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-19/Isabel-Crook-Not-just-a-foreigner-but-a-builder-of-New-China--121qQ8v5q4o/index.html https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-15063195









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