Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Greeting Chairman Mao's interpreter ' Nancy '

I met the legendary 'Nancy' Tang Wensheng last night at a dinner held at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur. We briefly shared some random thoughts on Chairman Mao's Quotations and I noticed that she spoke English with a very strong and clear American accent.

Long March documentary to be shown in U.S.


Blogger kittykat46 said...

Greetings James,
She was certainly very visible in those days. Many of the published photographs of Chairman Mao or Premier Zhou's meetings with Western leaders show her in the background or at the side.

As for her American accent , she must have practiced her pronunciation with American tapes. I noticed many of the fluent speakers of English from China speak with an American accent, too.

6:45 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Do you still keep those photographs from People's Pictorial (for e.g) that show the young Nancy Tang? If you do, scan them and email one or two for this blog so that we can compare and contrast the same person but of different age ...

9:26 PM  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Hi James,
Look out for my mail from

10:23 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

will do. ribuan terima kasih

11:06 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Got it. TQ.

6:32 AM  
Blogger chinahand53 said...

Nancy Tang was born in the United States and didn't move back to China with her family until the early 1950s. At that time, she spoke very little chinese and learned it in Beijing. Her American accent is for real.

9:25 PM  

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