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Notable American Volunteers of the Great War

In the fall of 1914, the United States had three ambassadors in Paris: Robert Bacon, who had returned to take charge of the American Ambulance, Myron T. Herrick who, at the request of a newly-elected Wilson, had remained to complete work begun on the eve of the war, and the newly-appointed William G. Sharp.

  • Creator: Albright, Alan

The American Field Service Fellowships for French Universities

The American Field Service (AFS) Fellowships for French Universities was a scholarship program established in December 1919. The Fellowship program funded students on the graduate level to travel to and from France for advanced study, and were awarded each year to qualified candidates selected from American and French colleges and universities.

Destination Beijing

I flew to China for the first time, in 1986, to be a student of Mandarin for six months in Beijing.

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

From Rednecks to Red China

In the early 70's, I was the odd one to study Chinese in France. In those days, what inspired me, besides Pearl Buck's novels and "The Blue Lotus", was the challenge of a difficult language. I quickly became fascinated with Chinese characters ...

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

Settling in Beijing

The day after my arrival in Beijing, my roommate flew in from the U.S. and, by coincidence, her name was also Anne. That greatly puzzled our new Chinese friends...

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

Flying Pigeons

Shortly after my arrival, I purchased a second-hand bicycle...

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

Keeping Warm

In the 80's, Northern China was bitterly cold in the winter, outdoors as much as indoors, despite central heating.

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

Chinese Cuisine

The Chinese cuisine we ate everyday was not what we expected.

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

We Are Your Loyal Red Guards

Chinese students were free to mingle with us but we were aware of being watched all the time.

 

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

The Chinese and The French

At some point, I had to remind the Administration of my college that I was supposed to teach as well as study. All vacancies for English teachers were filled so they decided, with my consent, to set up a French class.

  • Creator: Depaulis, Anne
  • Category of People: AFSer

“FROM REDNECKS TO RED CHINA”

From Rednecks to Red China is a collection of anecdotes related to my stay in Beijing in 1986, which I started to write in the late 90's. I was fortunate enough to be part of a brand new AFS programme with China, sixteen years after my year in high-school in Texas.

  • Creator: Anne Depaulis
  • Category of People: AFSer

The AFS Song

 

The AFS motto "Walk Together, Talk Together" is taken from the ancient Sanskrit proverb

Walk together, talk together,
all ye peoples of the earth;
then and only then
shall ye have peace.

It was used in AFS publications as early as 1952 and widely used in the 1960s. There were several songs.

Comtesse de la Villestreux (postcard)

The Comtesse de la Villestreux and the members of the Hottinguer family put the estate and private park in 21 rue Raynouard in Paris at the disposal of the American Ambulance Field Service (later known as the "American Field Service") for use as their headquarters in 1916.
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Category of People: other

Drivers after lunch at 21 rue Raynouard

Edward O. Bartlett, the inspector of equipment of cars at the AFS headquarters and former member of Section Sanitaire [États-] Unis (SSU) 4, is at the far left.
  • Creator: France.Army.Photographic Section.
  • Category of People: WWI Driver