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Exhibit: Jewish Flight into China

  • Sponsor: Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site
  • Co-Sponsor: Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site
  • Location: Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site
  • Dates: January 24, 2017 - August 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 520 Dublin Rd, Perkasie, PA 18944
  • Phone: (215) 249-0100
  • Time: Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Sat 10:30 AM to 3 PMM, Sun 12:30 PM to 3 PM
  • Price: Free to Attend

This new exhibit shares the stories of Jewish communities in China over millennia. These stories intrigued Pearl S. Buck and her husband Richard Walsh so much that each explored them in their published works. Ms. Buck wrote the novel Peony and the play Flight into China on the subject. Mr. Walsh included scholarly articles about the topic in his publication, Asia magazine.

Jews settled in China as tradespeople on the silk road. They had strong communities and became part of society. One of the largest communities was in K'aifeng. A stele (stone tablet) commemorates the construction of a synagogue there in 1163, but by the 1850s there were only remnants of the building standing and most families had assimilated.

Part of the exhibit at Pearl S. Buck International is a retelling, through words and photos, of one Jewish family's flight from Nazi Germany into China. Packed in the luggage was a copy of The Good Earth which descendants presume was carried so far in order to become part of a lending library established during their stay in China.

Made possible by the generous funding from Visit Bucks County.

Exhibit: Jewish Flight into China