Chairman Mao autograph’s Stanley Rittenberg’s copy of his Little Red Book on National Day, Oct 1, 1966.

Chairman Mao autograph’s Stanley Rittenberg’s copy of his Little Red Book on National Day, Oct 1, 1966.

In this episode we introduce American Sidney Rittenberg, 李敦白,known by the title of his 1993 book  as “The Man Who Stayed Behind.”  He arrived in China in his 20’s at the end of WWII and witnessed the Chinese Revolution from a front row seat.

When the US pulled out of China after the war, Sidney Rittenberg stayed behind with his dreams of contributing to the building of a new China.  He remained in his adoptive country for 35 years.  This episode tells his story.

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