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Chinese speaker to talk of homeland, Helen Foster Snow

Published May 2, 2013 6:04 pm

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"China's Hidden Battlefield," a documentary about Communist Party official An Wei's struggles to build a school in his home town, will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Room C at the Salt Lake City Library.

Wei returned to his home town a few years ago to erect a school in honor of his daughter, who had died in an automobile accident. What he came away with was a film about the political and cultural issues facing China today.

Speech promoter Lynette Jones said Wei is visiting Utah in part to honor Helen Foster Snow, the Cedar City native whose writings of life in 1930s China — along with those of her journalist husband Edgar Snow — described a country struggling with war, famine and revolutionary social change.

She said Wei considers Snow one of the 10 greatest women of the 20th century.

Wei was instrumental in Snow's writings becoming part of Brigham Young University's special collections and has helped organize numerous programs in China with BYU officials, according to the university website.

Mike Gorrell