I recently received a nice review in the newsletter of the Peking American School alumni. You’d have to be a fair age (to be fair!) by now to be an old boy or girl of the PAS so it’s great their magazine is still going. The review was good – ‘you have to read this book!’ (I’m not going to argue with that), however the historian of all things treaty port schools Steve Upton added a little bit of extra info. I knew that Pamela Werner (the murder victim in my book Midnight in Peking) had briefly attended the PAS and then later left and was unable to return meaning she was enrolled in the Tientsin Grammar School. However, Mr Upton has additional information:
Pamela did attend PAS for one year 1927 (when she would have been about 8) and did appear in a school play, The Forest Ring. The PAS magazine, Dragon, covered the production, which is all about bear cubs being taken and mama bear looking for them. The Fairy Queen can help but needs a mortal child who believes in fairies. Pamela appeared as an attendant to the Fairy Queen in the production staged by their teacher Miss Reynolds.
Sadly no pushy parents with video recorders in those days to tape the whole thing but I bet it was a great night out!