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Chester Ronning:My Townee and Headmaster  

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Chester Alvin Ronning, born in a missionary family in Xiangyang, Hubei, in 1894, was appointed counselor at the Canadian embassy in Chongqing, ambassador at the Canadian embassy in Norway and Iceland, director of the Far East Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Ambassador Ronning made essential contribution to promoting Canada’s recognition of People’s Republic of China in 1970, which has gone down in history, and he was awarded Champion of the Order of Canada, the supreme honor of Canada.

 

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A family photo of the Ronnings in Xiangyang, in which the first from the left was young Ronning. 1897

He could speak fluent and authentic Xiangyang dialect, and have a Chinese name: 穰杰德

 

 

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Western style. Chester Ronning is first from left in the back row

 

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Chester Ronning (Left) and his younger brother

 

 
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This is Ronning's home, in Gucheng, Xiangyang. Ronning grew up here, and he had many Chinese little mates.

 

 

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This church is located on Dingzhong Road. As a missionary, Ronning’ father used to work here.

  

Ronning's father was from Norway. He to Xiangyang in 1891, and he set up Hongwen AcademyRonning left Xiangyang with his father in 1907 and moved to Canada. During 1923 to 1927, Ronning returned to Xiangyang and set up Hongwen High School, the forerunner of Xiangyang No.1 High School and took charge of headmaster. I have been studying here, too.

 

 

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Ronning’s hometown lies in Camrose, Alberta, west of Canada. He gained master degree of teaching education in University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, capital of Alberta, and often made speeches on China issues in the university.

 

Ronning had such a great sense of humour. He shared that when he was running for election for one of the political seats, his opponent, Dr. Rutherford, knowing that he was raised in China, had gone around coercing people not to vote for Chester, for "he was fed by his Chinese amah, so he must be of Chinese descent".

 

"You guys drunk milk to grow up, then you must be of cow blood!", Ronning said to much laughter and applause. "I'm sure you can guess who won the election!"

 

  
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Ronning and Huang Hua. Ronning was the first person to spread the news of the founding of New China to the world in English. 
 
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Ronning visits Royal Norwegian Navy
 
 
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Ronning and The Queen of Britain in India
 
 
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Ronning and Nehru
 
 
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Ronning worked at UN
 

Ronning served in diplomatic posts in China (1945–1951), Norway (1954–1957), India (1957–1964) and the United Nations. He also participated in the international commissions on Korea (1954) and Laos (1961–62) and undertook special missions to Hanoi (1965–66) in attempts to mediate the Vietnam War. In 1967 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1972. He was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1983.

 

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Ronning came to China as national guest at the invitation of Premier Zhou Enlai for many times. He was talked with Premier Zhou in Xiangyang dialect, whose fluent Chinese made the interpreter unnecessary.

 
  
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Mr. Ronning went back to Xiangyang to search for his roots many times.
 
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In fact, he liked to think of himself as a Xiangyang person. I feel delighted by this.

 

Chester Ronning came back to Xiangyang in 1971. Local government leader went to the station to meet him, and said "Mr. Ronning, welcome to Xiangyang."

Ronning asked him: Where are you from?

Leader: I'm from Hebei.

Ronning: I'm from Xiangyang, so I should welcome you.

 

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Mr. Ronning and his wife's gravestone, in Camrose, Canada.My Townee and Headmaster:Chester Ronning - arvjack - arvjack★ZONE

He went to heaven only a year after he returned to Xiangyang for last time in 1983.

 

 

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Ronning’ mother planted this firmiana at Xiangyang Migong Primary School by the late 19th century. These two old man are Ronning’s daughter Audrey Ronning Topping (Right) and son-in-law Seymour Topping (Middle).

 

Audrey Ronning Topping is a photojournalist, author, freelance writer, and documentary filmmaker (specializing in Chinese affairs). Some of her articles and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Foreign Affairs, Life, Time, Newsweek, Geo, Reader’s Digest, Science Digest, Art in America, and Le Temps Strategic in France.

 

Seymour Topping is a highly accomplished and experienced journalist, editor, writer, and educator. He joined The New York Times Company in 1959, and he taught and lectured at Columbia University as the SanPaolo Professor of International Journalism until 2002 and is now an emeritus professor. He also served as Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia from 1993 to 2002.

 
 
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Ronning' mother passed away in 1907,  she was buried in Xiangyang Migong Primary School. It's her gravestone.My Townee and Headmaster:Chester Ronning - arvjack - arvjack★ZONE
 
 
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Mr. Ronning's head sculpture, in Xiangyang, China. This girl is Ronning’s family member. She felt herself transcending time and space when she hug her grandfather.
 

 

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Dear Mr. Ronning, my townee and headmaster, I'll be missing you. My Townee:Chester Ronning - arvjack - arvjack★ZONE

 

Today is your birthday, so... Happy Birthday and Merry Xmas!

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