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My Nanking Home was written up in “Nieman Reports” that covers the news from Nieman Fellows & Contributors in the field. While Nancy wasn’t a Nieman Fellow, her brother Jimmy was the Curator of the Foundation for over a decade. Take a look at what they had to say:
All in the Family
In “My Nanking Home: 1918 – 1937,” Nancy Thomson Waller writes about growing up as the daughter of missionaries in China. “We were a family of five,” she writes, “plus Jimmy, the great surprise who came along in 1931.” Jimmy was the late James C. Thomson, Jr., who went on to lead the Nieman Foundation as curator from 1972 to 1984. While the memoir focuses on Nancy’s life, it also offers a window into the background of James, whose impact on the foundation included more fellowships for women, minorities, broadcast journalists, and reporters from smaller newspapers, as well as the move to its current home at Walter Lippmann House. –February 17, 2012