General Joseph Stilwell’s daughter Alison Stilwell Cameron was born in Beijing in 1921 and learned Mandarin as her first language. Because of her father’s three tours of duty in China, Alison spent much of her youth in the country. In the 1930s, they rented their home from the eminent scholar and art historian Dr. John Ferguson, who arranged for Alison to learn painting and calligraphy from Pu Ru. It was Pu Ru who gave Alison her Chinese name, Shi Shenghua. During the year that Pu Ru was in mourning and could not teach, he arranged for her to study with Yu Fei’an. Throughout the rest of her life, Alison Cameron continued to paint, exhibit and teach in the traditional Chinese style.