In 1968, Ms. Zepp-LaRouche started working as an unpaid journalist in Hamburg and Hannover, later becoming a freelance. In 1971, she traveled through China as one of the first European journalists there, just after the highpoint of the Cultural Revolution. When she returned to Germany, she studied political science, history and philosophy at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin and at Frankfurt am Main. After marriage in 1977, she traveled with her husband to promote his proposals for monetary reform and large-scale infrastructural development. In 1984, she founded the Schiller Institute. The Schiller Institute was founded to promote better understanding and collaboration between the United States and Europe, during a period of great trans-Atlantic tensions. She is known in China as the "Silk Road Lady," for her early promotion of a Eurasian Land-bridge to link all of Eurasia, through rail links, development corridors and scientific and cultural collaboration. She spoke at an international conference in Beijing in 1996 and presented this concept, which has been widely circulated and debated ever since.