China Mission: The Chester Ronning Story

Tom Radford's documentary chronicles the life of Chester Ronning, best remembered for his close and longstanding relationship with China. Over the course of his life, Ronning worked as a cowboy, ambassador, college president, missionary and a member of the Alberta legislature. But throughout all of his careers, his lifelong ambition was to explain China to the western world. His story is a rare example of the meeting of East and West in a compassionate, remarkable man.

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Tom Radford
Michael Scott
executive producer
Lydia Semotuk
Michael Scott
Stanley Jackson
Tom Radford
Robert Reece
Ron Orieux
Harry Nuttall
Richard Westlien
Garrell Clark
Ann McGaw
Ed Smith
Lesley Topping
Christopher Tate
sound editing
Christopher Tate
Clive Perry
Cedric Smith
Roger Deegan


  • amier

    “I'm also curious as to what, precisely, is so offensive about this film. Specific comments would be helpful, Cora123 and PandaBear.” — amier, 31 Oct 2012

  • PanadaBear

    “This video is extremely offensive to China. Hey Canadians, if you want to learn about China, go to China! And go with an open mind! Not by watching Canada propaganda like this and the Yangtze River video. NFB - let's stick to making movies about Canada. ” — PanadaBear, 22 Dec 2011

  • Meme2

    “@Cora123 - I am curious why you think this film is offensive.” — Meme2, 13 Nov 2011

  • grannylin46

    “What a amazing person with a amazing story . A wonderful documentry thank You NFB.” — grannylin46, 30 Sep 2011

  • kruscito

    “@Cora123 and inquiring minds --> We don’t allow comments to automatically appear on the website for a number of reasons—primarily being we are a government agency and we cannot and will not allow blatant hate speak (this consists of personal attacks or racist remarks) to be posted, even if it’s for a few minutes before we pull it down. We will post any comment that falls within our comment policy, which you can check out here:” — kruscito, 26 Sep 2011

  • Cora123

    “Why do you have to monitor the comments before publishing them? Can't you just erase them afterwards and send a warning to the writer?” — Cora123, 24 Sep 2011

  • Cora123

    “I think this is actually quite offensive. I rarely see movies about China that are made in Canada that can also be shown in China. What a pity.” — Cora123, 24 Sep 2011

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