Anna Chennault works to stop the Viet Nam war

Shanghai Star. 2002-09-19
The newly-wed couple receives a warm welcome at the airport on their return to the United States.
Anna C. Chennault and former US President Richard Nixon, whose 1968 and 1972 campaigns she supported in the role of special consultant.
Anna C. Chennault's ability and hard work in the presidential election for the Republican Party is highly praised by then US President Kennedy, a Democract.

Ten years later her husband died, but Mrs Chennault wasn't forgotten by history, on the contrary, she went on to even greater achievements.

In 1960 she moved to the US with her two young children and wrote a best seller entitled A Thousand Springs. The book was at first rejected by publishers, not because the writing was bad, but because she was just an Asian woman without any literary reputation.

A smaller publishing house accepted her book, however, making her a popular success almost immediately. Since then, she has frequently been invited to give speeches.

"At that time, I never had to speak for less than US$5,000 yuan," she joked. "In the US, no one is really interested in free speech."

She gradually established her fame. In the 1960s, when Asians and women had a low social status, both political parties invited her to join their cause.

At that time, she was most worried about where to park her car. Despite the fact that she had a white male as her assistant, she wasn't granted a parking space, even though he was.

"I felt it was unfair, so I told both parties I would join the one who solved my parking space problem," she smiled.

In the end, she joined the Republican Party because they resolved that particular headache for her.
In 1947, General Claire Chennault and Anna, who was a young reporter at the Central News Agency, in Shanghai's Zhongshan Park.
Anna C. Chennault spends Christmas with her husband and two young daughters in Taipei in 1954.

In 1967, she was invited to help Nixon in his presidential election campaign. She agreed, because Nixon promised her that he would stop the war in Viet Nam after winning the election. She made every effort to help him win the election, but after taking office he broke his promise.

"To end the war was my only demand," Mrs Chennault said. "But after he became president, he decided to continue the war. Politicians are never honest."

"When I was young I always felt worried, even when there was actually nothing much to worry about," she said. "But now, with so many experience, I feel no need to complain. I tell myself not to think about troubling things, in the end it will be okay.

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