Author(s): Ragnar Baldursson
The events of 1976 convulsed China: Mao died, the Gang of Four fell, hundreds of thousands perished in the Tangshan earthquake. Ragnar Baldursson, an idealistic true believer in the Chinese socialist experiment, was one of the few foreigners present to witness these events. Forty years on, living in a very different China, Ragnar revisits his experiences as a student in Beijing, offering rare glimpses of life during this turbulent and decisive year.
Ragnar Baldursson is a diplomat and scholar of Chinese philosophy. He is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing and has served in the Icelandic foreign ministry for over 20 years. Ragnar was one of the first foreign students admitted to study at Peking University in the 1970s where he gained a BA in Philosophy. He has translated the Analects of Confucius and the Daodejing into Icelandic.