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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Audrey Topping
RLIN number: NXCP90-A11
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Experiences of paternal grandparents as missionaries in China (1892-1900); descriptions of China of that time; grandfather's settling in China; experiences of parents as teachers in China (1922-28); childhood and family life in Canada; residence in China during father's service as Canadian ambassador (1946-49); return to Canada; marriage to Seymour Topping; experiences during his Associated Press assignments to Saigon (1950-53), London (1953-56), Berlin (1956-60), Times assignment to Moscow (1960-63): including births and raising of daughters, local events, contacts with local people, writing of photojournalistic accounts, artwork; return trips to China with father and including visit to his birthplace, meetings with Chou En-lai and other officials; speculations on changes wrought in China by revolution, physical improvements over time; documentaries there in; 520 8 |a1973, 1975, latter including visit to Xian tombs; trips to Tibet and silk route, 1979; Soviet Union and Mongolia, 1981; reflections on personal philosophy; discussions of written and photographic work, international relations including Vietnam, U.S.-China relations.
Extent: Transcript: 302 leaves, Tape: 8 cassettes
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewee. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New york, 1987. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1981 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Topping, Audrey, 1928-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1928
Speaker occupation: Photojournalist
Age at speaking: 53
Document date: 1981
Interviewer: Tanner, Estelle
Locations discussed: Asia; China
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Canada--Description and travel; Canada--Foreign relations; China; China--Description and travel; China--Politics and government--20th century; Photographers; Photojournalism
Topics discussed - Other terms: China--History--1945-; Topping, Audrey, 1928-; Women photographers
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0021067-16506