… or the “50 foreigners shaping China’s modern development” as the People’s Daily calls it. The list includes some people we knew, some that rang a bell, and others that are dim memories from arid history textbooks. The list begins with Jean-Jacques Rousseau and ends with No. 23 — Michael Jordan. The grammatically challenged introduction says:
There were many foreigners that could have influence upon China in this very period, but generally speaking, 50 of them could doubtlessly best demonstrate the epochal features that China collided with the world.
Here’s a sample:
Ivan V. Arkhipov (1907 – 1998): Vice minister of Metallurgy in former Soviet Union;
Kim Il Sung (1912 – 1994): Founder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK);
Richard Milhous Nixon (1913 – 1994): One of the most influential presidents in American history;
Silas Aaron Hardoon (1849 – 1931): Richest Jewish businessman specialising in real estate through plundering China’s wealth before national liberation in 1949;
Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939): Austrian originator of psychoanalysis;
Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941): One of India’s greatest poet, writer, artist as well as social activist.
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