Oral history interview with Audrey Topping, 1981


Topping, Audrey (Interviewee)
Tanner, Estelle (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Audrey Topping, 1981
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Audrey Topping, 1981
Experiences of paternal grandparents as missionaries in China (1892-1900); descriptions of China of that time; grandfather's settling in China; experiences of parents as teachers in China (1922-28); childhood and family life in Canada; residence in China during father's service as Canadian ambassador (1946-49); return to Canada; marriage to Seymour Topping; experiences during his Associated Press a ssignments to Saigon (1950-53), London (1953-56), Berlin (1956-60), Times assignment to Moscow (1960-63): including births and raising of daughters, local events, contacts with local people, writing of photojournalistic accounts, artwork; return trips to China with father and including visit to his birthplace, meetings with Chou En-lai and other officials; speculations on changes wrought in China by revolution, physical improvements over time; documentaries there in 1973, 1975, latter including visit to Xian tombs; trips to Tibet and silk route, 1979; Soviet Union and Mongolia, 1981; reflections on personal philosophy; discussions of written and photographic work, international relations including Vietnam, U.S.-China relations
Collection Name
Individual interviews oral history collection
Photographers; Women photographers; Photojournalism; China Description and travel; China History 1949-; China Politics and government 20th century; Canada Description and travel; Canada Foreign relations; Topping, Audrey
oral histories; sound recordings
Physical Description
sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Note (Biographical)
Photojournalist; interviewee married Seymour Topping
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010
Interviewed by Estelle N. Tanner
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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