Langston Hughes - Study Guide Chapter 16, Around the World Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16, Around the World Summary

Hughes found the script, which was written by a Russian, to be a highly inaccurate portrayal of America, and he insisted that it be changed. Hughes and the crew were sent to Odessa in order to film some cotton-picking scenes. However, soon afterwards, the studio dropped the film.

Langston decided to use his pay to travel through Asia. As a reporter, he traveled to Turkmenistan in Central Asia, which was largely unpopulated. While in Ashkhabad, he met a white reporter named Arthur Koestler. Koestler, who wrote for German newspapers, suggested they team up and travel together. They did, and explored the colored regions of Asia. When they arrived in Tashkent, Koestler returned to Moscow, and Langston began selling his poems, which were translated into Uzbek. Eventually, Hughes returned to Moscow, where he wrote and sold articles about his travels in Russia...

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