From Warlords to Cell Phones: One Family's Connection to West China

Please join the One World Library Project for From Warlords to Cell Phones: One Family’s Connection to West China at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, October 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Lincoln resident, Jackie Tuxill, will present a multi-generational story spanning eighty years about her family’s experiences in China.  Beginning with her parents’ association from 1930 to 1945 with the West China Union University Medical School in Chengdu, Sichuan, and continuing with her experiences from four visits to China between 1980 and 2007, Jackie uses historic and contemporary photos and items from her parents’ extensive collection to open a window onto a fascinating and rapidly evolving culture.

Highlights of the slide program will include giant Buddha carvings, the 2,200-year-old irrigation project at Dujiangyan (a World Heritage Site), and a recent retracing of her parents’ 1932 trip to the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau to the foot of the Minya Gongka, a 25,000-foot sacred mountain.

Over the years Tuxill has scanned over 600 of her parents historic images, incorporating them into an edited compilation of their myriad letters home from China.  She will bring these editions with her to the presentation as well as artifacts from their travels.

Jackie Tuxill was born in Chengdu, Sichuan province but her family left when she was two and a half years old.  They flew “over the hump” to India and six months later took a refugee ship home to the United States.  She has had a 30-year career working in conservation, most recently working on cooperative projects with the National Park Service Conservation Study Institute (institute based in Woodstock at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park).