"Jewish Flight into China" shares the stories of Jewish communities in China which intrigued Pearl S. Buck and her husband Richard Walsh so much that each explored them in their published works. Ms. Buck wrote the novel "Peony" and the play "Flight into China" on the subject. Mr. Walsh included scholarly articles about the topic in his publication, "Asia" magazine.
Jews settled in China as tradespeople on the silk road. They had strong communities and became part of society. One of the largest communities was in K'aifeng where some records show a synagogue was constructed in 1163, but by the 1850s there were only remnants of the building standing and most families had assimilated.
Part of the exhibit is a retelling of one Jewish family's flight from Nazi Germany into China. Packed in the luggage was Pearl Buck's novel, "The Good Earth."
The exhibit will run through August 30, 2017, in the Exhibit Gallery at Pearl S. Buck International's Welcome Center in Perkasie, PA.