Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938
"The vast majority of the people in China are Illiterate." continued Mr. Wong She. "so after the universities were closed, the students were mobilised and sent out to spread their learning amongst the people. Some would go into the streets and teach from an open book first telling all those in the vicinity that if they wanted to learn something they had only to gather about the speaker as he was about to give a lesson." He smiled and made a comment I didn't quite catch about our open air Gospel [unclear: meetings].
Others were sent to tell the people what to do in the event of air raids and still further batches of students—mostly from the National Tung Shan University, one branch of which is equivalent to our Massey Agricultural College were detailed to encourage potato cropping instead of rice cultivation, This measure was brought in to minimize famine dangers as potatoes may be grown all the year round whereas rice is harvested only twice a year.
"Many of the schools and Colleges in China have been re-opened in safe places well behind the lines." added Mr. Wong She, "though the university have opened in the cities as usual. Those attending them, how over are receiving intensive milltary training in addition to carrying on their ordinary studies, and from here they will go not to train the great mass of the people in the art of war.
"The effect of the work that is now being carried out by the students is already being felt by the Japanese who have not had a major success for some time. Before the war China was split up into a dozen different camps. Now her people have joined together to oppose Japan in a united front. China must win in the end."