Event Details

PLEASE NOTE: The film on Isabel Crook will not be shown via Zoom on April 14 due to technical issues; instead registrants can view the 23-minute film beforehand, at their leisure, on youTube https://youtu.be/2OqCnWZMgbI or via QQ.com at https://v.qq.com/x/page/a0890i293zp.html

WHAT: An RASBJ online discussion of the film "Isabel Crook: Childhood Memories of Bailuding" by director Fu Han, members of the Crook family, and moderator Melinda Liu, followed by QA.

WHEN: Thursday April 14, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 PM Beijing Time

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Isabel Crook has had extraordinary experiences in China. In 1915, she was born in Chengdu, Sichuan to Canadian missionaries involved in education; she spent childhood summers in Bailuding, Sichuan. After receiving a master's degree from the University of Toronto, she returned to China in 1939 and began anthropological fieldwork on Sichuan ethnic minorities. She married David Crook in 1942; they researched communist land reform efforts in Hebei in 1947, and published two books on the topic. In 1948, Chinese authorities invited them to help establish and teach at a foreign affairs school which was the forerunner of today's Beijing Foreign Studies University. Inspired by Isabel Crook's unique story, filmmaker Fu Han created "Isabel Crook: Childhood Memories of Bailuding" to celebrate Isabel's 103rd birthday. The 25-minute film screening will be followed by a conversation with Fu Han and members of the Crook family, plus QA. The event will be moderated by Melinda Liu.

MEMBERS ONLY: This event is free and exclusively for members of RASBJ and partner RAS branches. If you know someone who wishes to join RASBJ to attend this event, please ask them to sign up at https://rasbj.org/membership/ at least 72 hours beforehand.

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Please click "Register" or "I Will Attend" and follow the instructions. After successful registration you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to join the event. If you seem not to have received it, please check your spam folder. Members of partner RAS branches: Please register at least 72 hours in advance to allow time for membership verification. You will receive two emails from us, the first confirming receipt of your registration request and the second confirming your registration, with a link to join the event. Please check your spam folder to ensure you see all RASBJ emails.


  • Fu Han (Speaker)

    Fu Han


    Fu Han is CEO of In side Out ((秀外慧中) Cultural Exchange Co., as well as a musician and organizer of airshows for small aircraft. "Isabel Crook: Childhood Memories of Bailuding" is Fu Han's first film. She will take part in the event from the USA.

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  • Crook Family (Speakers)

    Crook Family


    In 2019 Isabel Crook was awarded the “Medal of Friendship” by Chinese president Xi Jinping. She resides in Beijing and has three sons. Michael will take part in the event from Beijing. Carl will participate from the USA. Paul will join from the UK.

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  • Melinda Liu (Moderator)

    Melinda Liu


    Melinda is a U.S. foreign correspondent in Beijing and co-director of the short documentary “Doolittle Raiders: A China Story”

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