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China Mission: The Chester Ronning Story ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB526904
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Michael Scott, Lydia Semotuk
Directors:  Tom Radford
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Documentary, Geography, Global Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1980
Running Time:  57:36


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Chester Ronning was born in Francheng, China, in 1894, the son of Norwegian missionaries. Until his death at the age of ninety, he was everything from a cowboy to an ambassador, a college president to a Peace River homesteader, a missionary to a member of the Alberta legislature. But Ronning, who died in December 1984, is best remembered in international circles for his long and close relationship with China. Throughout his many careers, including that of Canadian High Commissioner to India, ambassador to Norway, and head of an international mission in 1966 to end the war in Vietnam, Ronning's lifelong ambition was to explain China to the western world. His story is a rare example of the meeting of east and west in a compassionate, remarkable man.


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