Coming Soon: Helen Foster Snow Day
On Thursday, September 21, 2017 Southern Utah University is hosting a festival in celebration of the life and achievements of Cedar City native, Helen Foster Snow. The keynote event for this day will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Hunter Conference Center on SUU’s campus, as part of the APEX Event series (formerly know as Convocations). Ms. Snow was born and raised in Cedar City, UT and has had a historic impact on journalism with her work in China, Korea, and Japan. She is commemorated on Main Street in Cedar City with a statue in bronze. Snow was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 and 1984 for her work, connection and “friendship bridge” with the Chinese people. The 11:30 keynote is free and open to the public. Other events will occur throughout the day with guests, scholars and dignitaries from the US and China; listings and details for these events can be found on www.suuapex.com.
Helen Foster Snow arrived in China in 1931 and spent nearly a decade there interviewing, journaling and writing. Snow and her husband Edgar were the first foreigners who broke through the news blackout by the national government, sneaking into the “red areas” of China, and as such were the first to do exclusive interviews with major Chinese political figures. Snow was the 2nd foreign woman to enter the area. She was able to interview Mao Zedong and get his support for what was to become the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives and “gung ho” movement.
Throughout her life and career Helen Foster Snow authored several books along with the beloved records of her journaling, including her memoir “My China Years.” While in China and after returning to the U.S., she also authored under the pen name Nym Wales.
“Southern Utah University and the A.P.E.X. Event Series are always honored to celebrate the amazing lives that have influenced history in bright and exceptional ways. The celebration of Helen Foster Snow’s life and achievements is among the highest. She shaped history and created a viewpoint that would not have been possible without her tireless work. Come enjoy and be INSPIRED!”