Pellett does not shy away from her deep, and sometimes naïve, infatuations with the Chinese revolution that she developed in her formative years in San Francisco as an anti-war and feminist activist, going from St. Louis to Berkeley as a student studying the family revolution in China.
Zhao Ma was born and grew up in Beijing. He received his Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007, and began his current work at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2011. His first book, Runaway Wives, Urban Crimes, and Survival Strategies in Wartime Beijing, 1937-1949, was published by Harvard University Asia Center in 2015. He is writing a new book that examines rumor-mongering and political propaganda during China’s Korean War campaign.