To give you a little taste of what surprises Robin's film might hold, here's an excerpt from a programme for Li Ling-Ai's cross-country lecture tour (circa 1944) to raise Americans' understanding of China and Chinese culture.
Li Ling-Ai posing in a gown by Hattie Carnegie. Originally featured in the August 1, 1941 issue of Vogue and reprinted in the programme for her lecture tour.
She went to Pekin in 1930 where she spent several years doing research work on the Chinese theatre and directing plays for the Fine Arts Institute there. She became interested not only in the ancient Chinese drama but in the correlating of old and new Chinese art, and in the similarity of early South American and Chinese culture. She made trips all over the world in connection with her dramatic research and studied under Prof. Harry Tauber of the Imperial Theatre in Vienna and with Chu Kuei Fang, the great Chinese dancer.
Because the war put an end to her theatrical activities in Pekin, Miss Li came to New York as a world center of dramatic interest, via Europe, and in 1940 became the program director of the Chinese Pavilion at the New York World's Fair.
Miss Li is the only Chinese woman producer in the world and is most famous for her work with Rey Scott, as co-producer, of the gripping documentary film of China "Kukan". This was taken in natural color and received the Hollywood Academy Award of 1941, as well as major editorial comments in Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other key cities.
She has made over one hundred radio broadcasts on China and the Allied cause; contributed to the U.S.O. on Believe-It-Or-Not Robert Ripley's programs; directed many Bowl of Rice parties, and is a constant worker for China Relief.
Miss Li is an energetic believer in the fundamental similarity in concepts of China and our New World; in philosophy and in respect for the dignity of the individual, justice and democracy. In fact, she might well be called a streamlined sage!