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About the author:
John and Pegge spent their lives traveling the world reporting as foreign press correspondents. John first taught English in China during the 1930s, after graduating from Carleton College. He then joined the United Press in 1944 as a war correspondent. He met Pegge Parker, a beautiful widowed journalist with an eye toward writing her way around the world. They married, living and working in India during the first years of their marriage.
The Hlavaceks were then off to New York and next Jamaica, where John and Pegge supported the family by covering news events across the globe. In 1961, the family moved to Florida when John began work as staff correspondent for NBC in Havana. John and Pegge meticulously chronicled their lives before and after they met-and the stories they brought to us from afar. Today, John resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Pegge passed away in November 2008.

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An American in China: 1939-1944

Authored by John Hlavacek

Immediately after graduating from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in June of 1939, John Hlavacek sailed to China to teach English at the Carleton-in-China Middle School in Fenchow, Shansi Province. As John describes it, his Uncle Frank "was not impressed," as many Midwesterners then had little knowledge of China, other than that it was ravaged by famine, disease, and war. Other friends, however, thought it was quite an honor.
After five weeks of training in Chinese at a language school in Peking, John and a fellow teacher traveled to the mission compound in what was then Japanese-occupied China. John spent two years teaching English in Shansi and Szechwan. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, John joined the American Military Attaché's office in China's wartime capital of Chungking, and in 1944 he joined United Press as a war correspondent.
John's re-telling of his time in China was written from the collection of letters he sent home to his family detailing his life over-seas. He details everything, as only John can, from his "L-O-N-G" journey to China, to how he eventually became a foreign war correspondent for United Press.

Publication Date:
0981903452 / 9780981903453
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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