HEADLINE – Prized mushroom collection returns to China

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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.

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4 Responses to “HEADLINE – Prized mushroom collection returns to China”

  1. I love these headline pieces!
    And now, for the rest of the story:
    During the devastating 1966-76 Cultural Revolution Teng was subjected to daily beatings and mental prosecution that ruined his health. He died in 1970 at age 67.

    “During that time my father was classified as a counterrevolutionary and labeled with many different crimes. The main crime he was blamed for was maintaining illicit relations with foreign countries — selling out our heritage by sending these mushrooms to America,” she said.

    “Now that such illicit relations are tolerated, even celebrated, the fruits may be enjoyed. My Agnus third pounder will be out of this world with these mushrooms added,” Deng commented before leaving to meet her lover, Sue, at the local Mc Donalds.

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  2. Reading ‘alice in wonderland’ put me off ever eating mushrooms as a child

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    Feed your head

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    Jefferson Starship version:

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