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Li Cunxin on making the impossible choice to leave his family in China | Anh's Brush With Fame

Li Cunxin, Chinese ballet dancer 06/12/1981 HOUCHRON CAPTION (03/28/2004): Attorney Charles Foster, 20-year-old Li and his first wife, Elizabeth Mackey, leave the U.S. consulate after Li's dramatic defection from communist China in 1981.Steve Campbell/Staff

Rose, J. (2013, April 12). Li Cunxin continues journey of transformation. Chron. https://www.chron.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/Li-Cunxin-continues-journey-of-transformation-4430476.php#photo-4463253


On Friday 5 April, 2013, Queensland Ballet will open the Australian premiere of Ben Stevenson's world-acclaimed Cinderella in the Playhouse, QPAC. This will be the Company's first mainstage season under the artistic direction of Li Cunxin.

Former artistic director Ben Stevenson with Li Cunxin in the 1980s

Mao’s last dancer. (2008, April 15). En Pointe with Houston Ballet. https://houstonballet.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/maos-last-dancer/


The 2020 recipient of the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding is Charles C. Foster. He has dedicated much of his career to the improvement of his community, through his work as a globally recognized U.S. immigration attorney in inspiring immigration reform, cultivating international understanding, and strengthening cross-cultural relationships.

Watch from 14.58mins to 16.26mins for Li Cunxin's reflection on Charles C. Foster, the lawyer who represented him.


 

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Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. (2020, April 20). Texas Cultural Trust. https://txculturaltrust.org/bio/ben-stevenson-o-b-e/

Charles foster. (2022, January 4). Foster Global. https://www.fosterglobal.com/attorney/charles-foster/

Compiled and created by Luciana Cavallaro February 2022