Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957
To China Despite Threats [Letter from Gwenda Martin]
At the close of a three-hour meeting which went on into the night hours and has just concluded, the American group going to China (or some of them) issued the following statement:
"We the undersigned Americans travelling to China at the invitation of the All China Youth Federation, having received a statement signed by the Acting Secretary of State, wish at this time to reaffirm our belief in the right of United States citizens to travel, and once again state that our exercise of this right is consistent with loyalty to our country. We hold widely divergent political views. We reject the notion that we are a tool of Communist propaganda. We too, look forward, with Mr. Dulles, 'to the day when the people of China and the people of America can resume their long history of cooperative friendship. We believe that we are acting consistently with this expression of hope."
More about the festival later.