HEADLINE – Prized mushroom collection returns to China
By RHAPPI KANASTA (Ass.Press) – 3 hours ago
BEIJING — Shu Chun Teng, a Chinese scholar persecuted during the Cultural Revolution for smuggling a rare collection of mushrooms out of China before World War II, was honored Saturday when the collection was returned more than 70 years later.
“Now, at long last, this wonderful mushroom collection can finally be eaten,” said Ting Ho, Chairman of the Chinese Ministry of Culture and mushroom enthusiast. “Look at that big one,” Ho said, pointing at a dried morel. “That one has my name written all over it.”
During the Japanese invasion in 1937, Teng arranged for his best mushroom specimens to be removed from a national botany institute he directed to save them from destruction. During World War II, they were smuggled by ox cart to Indochina and then by sea to the United States.
Teng’s daughter, Deng Yi, said she hoped she would share in the official orgy of mushroom eating that would follow the ceremony honoring her father.