Among my happiest times in China were my stints of physical labor with the peasant team at the Evergreen Commune (Sijieqing Gongshe), where I felt very warmly welcomed and was patiently helped. I felt that we all became friends, despite language limitations. I admired the stamina of the peasants, who worked hard from early to … More Sharing work and laughter with Chinese peasants
In 1974, Ann wrote a long pamphlet titled “Constructive Criticism and Self-Criticism: A Method for Preventing and Solving Problems.” She also created workshops on the subject. She had heard the phrase “Criticism/Self-Criticism” used in China, but had never received a full explanation of its meaning and application. She set out to create a meaning and … More Criticism and Self/Criticism – Some of Ann’s Post-China Work
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far. Twenty-four of you have supported Ann’s work and the campaign is at 16% of its goal with 45 more days to go. That’s still a long way to go, so we hope you’ll want to donate and that you will pass this on to … More Kickstarter Update
I can’t write this book without your help. I need an assistant to help with organization, typing, the website and so much more. Therefore, I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds. I hope you’ll be able to help, but, even if you can’t, I hope you’ll let others know about it. … More Kickstarter Up and Running!
“Ann Tompkins’ rich and complex life has touched many people. She was raised aboard an 85-foot schooner in the 1930s, struggled against the California “loyalty oath” for teachers, defended the right of a new China to have a voice at a 1965 international peace conference, was one of a handful of Americans in China during … More Testimonial from Lincoln Cushing
How many lives include a childhood sailing on a schooner and time in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution? Hello. My name is Ann Tompkins. I’ve had an unusual life and if I had a nickel for everyone that ever said, “You should write a book,” I’d be wealthy. As a matter of fact, … More I’m writing a book!