United China Relief

19 July 2019
An image page in What Li Wen Saw"…AND ONE IN EVERY NINE OF US IS A REFUGEE TODAY." Courtesy of Roy Delbyck,
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection
《What Li Wen Saw》书中的图片页“……今天我们每九个人当中就有一个是难民。”Roy Delbyck捐赠,美国华人博物

In 1937, a dispute broke out between Japanese and Chinese troops near Peking, China. This dispute escalated into a military conflict and marked the beginning of the second-Sino Japanese War. The war destroyed and displaced many Chinese citizens. Most of the displaced had nowhere to go or no way of supporting themselves. As a result, several organizations popped up in the United States led by Americans sympathetic to the plight of the Chinese. In the 1940s, seven of these organizations joined forces to establish the United China Relief. The organization send aid workers to China and aimed to raise $5,000,000 to help the Chinese affected by the war. Almost half of the funds would go directly to medical aid while the rest would be divided into quality of life improvements like training new leaders and taking care of war orphaned children.

The United China Relief even put out a short booklet titled “What Li Wen Saw.” It follows the narrator Li Wen as he recounts the plight of the Chinese people that he witnessed with his own eyes. The booklet ends with a call for help and an explanation of the organization.


美国援华联合会甚至发布了一本名为《What Li Wen Saw》的小册子。它记录了叙述者Li Wen讲述的他所亲眼目睹的中国人民的困境。小册子的结尾是寻求帮助的呼吁和对该组织的解释说明。

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