The Institute for Creative and Digital Cultures (ICDC) and the Division of International Communications UNNC are pleased to invited you to the following guest speech delivered by Andrew McEwen:
The Long March
Date: Friday, 26 October, 2012
Andrew McEwen is co-author of The Long March: A living history of the legendary journey that made Mao's China. Between October 2002 and November 2003, he and Ed Jocelyn quit their day jobs and teamed up to embark on “the greatest gamble of our lives”, retracing the route of the First Front Army entirely on foot.
On October 16, 2002, McEwen and Jocelyn set off to retrace the Red Army's footsteps, and document the experiences of the last-remaining witnesses and participants of the Long March – before it was too late. The result was an account of the March based squarely on participant and eye-witness accounts.
On October 16, 1934, the First Front Army of the Chinese Communist Party fled annihilation by Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists. Some 80,000 men, women and children left their homes to walk with Mao into the unknown. One year, 4,000 miles and countless battles later, fewer than 4,000 were left. From these survivors would grow an army that conquered China 14 years on, changing history forever. The Long March was spun into the key propaganda tool Mao wielded in his rise to ultimate power.
A freelance writer and editor in Beijing since 1997, McEwen currently edits the In Depth section of the Beijing-based Global Times (an English daily).
All are welcome!