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Our new exhibit shares the stories of Jewish communities in China over millennia. These stories intrigued Pearl S. Buck and her husband Richard Walsh so much that each explored them in their published works. The exhibit, "Jewish Flight into China" will run through August 30, 2017, in the Exhibit Gallery at Pearl S. Buck International's Welcome Center, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA.
Ms. Buck wrote the play “Flight into China” and the novel "Peony" on the subject. Mr. Walsh included scholarly articles about the topic in his publication, Asia magazine.
Jews settled in China as tradespeople on the silk road. They had strong communities and became part of society. One of the largest communities was in K’aifeng. A stele (stone tablet) commemorates the construction of a synagogue there in 1163, but by the 1850s there were only remnants of the building standing and most families had assimilated. This is this period in which Ms. Buck set her novel, “Peony,” which tells the story of a Chinese bondmaid, sold into the service of one of the remaining Jewish families.
Part of the exhibit at Pearl S. Buck International is a retelling, through words and photos, of one Jewish family’s flight from Nazi Germany into China. Packed in their luggage was a copy of “The Good Earth” which descendants presume was carried so far in order to become part of a lending library established during their stay in China. Photos and captions can be viewed in the Exhibit; read the family's complete account in this downloadable story.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 to 5:00Saturday 10:30 to 3:00Sunday 12:30 to 3:00Admission to the Exhibit Gallery is complimentary.
Curator: Marie TonerGraphic Designer: Kati SowiakWith the assistance of:
Made possible by the generous funding from Visit Bucks County.
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If you have questions, please contact Curator Marie Toner at 215-249-0100 x149 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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