Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva
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No going home for the couple time forgot (1988)

This piercingly sad article appeared in South China Morning Post in 1988. It talks about the unrecognized American citizen Marjorie Fuller and her Polish mother Seraphine Fuller, who spent twenty years in Chinese labor camps and then languished in a retirement home for foreigners. (By the way, the chronicler of the Russian diaspora, Vladimir Jiganoff, personally knew Marjorie and her mother in Shanghai. In 1971, living in Sydney, he wrote about their unfair arrest and incarceration in his magazine Review of the Past.)

When interviewed in 1985, Marjorie, a staunch Christian, confirmed her resolve not to leave China and not to pursue US citizenship. But then the wheels started turning: in 1992, Seraphine Fuller died, Marjorie Fuller received her US citizenship, and in 1995 she repatriated to the United States. Aged 72 at the time of arrival, she lived in her new country for 11 years. She died in 2006 and is buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery, in Texas.




Tags: 1980s, 1988, americans, cemetery, communism, death, foreigners, harbin, prison, shanghai, usa
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