A Personal History from the Last Imperial Dynasty to the People's Republic
Winner of the PROSE Award for Media & Cultural Studies
Audrey Ronning Topping is a freelance photojournalist, author, and writer of documentary films, specializing in Asian affairs. Her photos have been exhibited in numerous galleries and universities, and her articles and photos have appeared in major publications in the United States and abroad, including the National Geographic, LIFE, Newsweek, Time, Reader’s Digest, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author and photographer of five books, including The Splendors of Tibet and Dawn Wakes in the East. She has written scripts and been a commentator and assistant producer on six television documentaries, including Great Wall Across the Yangtze, The Forbidden City, The Tomb of the Terra-cotta Warriors, and Chester Ronning’s China Mission. Audrey is married to Seymour Topping, former foreign correspondent and managing editor of the New York Times. They have five daughters born in Saigon, London, Berlin, and Scarsdale, New York.
Praise for China Mission
“While we all like to think we come from interesting families, journalist Audrey Ronning Topping can say this of herself with some certainty, and she has now turned her kin’s experiences into a truly fascinating book.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Topping’s account brings to life an unfamiliar society that was primitive and cruel and a missionary enterprise that was dangerous and almost insanely ambitious. . . . All three generations fought against the mutual contempt felt by many Westerners and Chinese for each other’s cultures. This empathetic book continues that mission.”—Foreign Affairs
“China Mission . . . is more than a family memoir. It is an engaging account of a turbulent century in China. . . . The book rewards readers with unique perspectives of Chinese history.”—Overseas Press Club of America
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