Quote from Prof. Torbjörn Lodén’s oral history interview
Perhaps you know the old main railway station and the old legation quarters not far from Tian’anmen Square. There was a hotel called Xinqiao hotel, where I was staying. The morning after I had arrived, I decided to go out for a walk. The streets were rather empty in the late morning. I could see two young boys on the other side of the street. I caught their attention and I could see how they started to whisper to each other. Suddenly I could hear the one of them say to the other: “Look an Albanian” (看看! 阿爾巴尼亞人!). They thought I was Albanian. Now afterwards this seems very interesting, doesn’t it? I mean today I suppose nobody in China would assume an unknown European person to be Albanian, but in those days it was different. Albania was a very important ally of China, and one could read about Albania every day in the newspapers. They didn’t think I was American or British or German or French, but Albanian, isn’t that funny?