Foreigners below Mao: Western Lives in China, 1949–1976 is a pioneering research of the Western group in the course of the turbulent Mao period. dependent principally on own interviews, memoirs, inner most letters, and documents, this e-book ‘gives a voice’ to the Westerners who lived lower than Mao. It indicates that China was once now not as closed to Western citizens as has frequently been portrayed.
The ebook examines the lives of six diverse teams of Westerners: ‘foreign comrades’ who made their domestic in Mao’s China, twenty-two former Korean battle POWs who controversially selected China prior to repatriation, diplomats of Western international locations that famous the People’s Republic, the few overseas correspondents accepted to paintings in China, ‘foreign experts’, and language scholars. each one of those teams led specific lives below Mao, whereas sharing the adventure of a hugely politicized society and of legitimate measures to isolate them from daily China.
Beverley Hooper is emeritus professor of chinese language reviews on the collage of Sheffield within the united kingdom. She is the writer of within Peking: a private document, formative years in China and China Stands Up: finishing the Western Presence 1948–1950.
‘This publication is agreeable and interesting. the writer introduces a small yet dynamic selection of enthusiastic overseas individuals in post-1949 China displaying unquestioned loyalty to Mao’s beliefs. both fascinating are the trade tales of diplomats and newshounds latest a long way outdoor the mainstream of chinese language existence and relied on through neither the chinese language nor the foreign supporters.’
—Edgar A. Porter, Professor Emeritus, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific college; writer of The People’s medical professional: George Hatem and China’s Revolution
‘A well-written survey concerning the number of Westerners who lived and labored within the People’s Republic of China among 1949 and 1976. this can be a great addition to the “sojourner” literature approximately foreigners who lived in twentieth-century socialist international locations. The scholarship, along with the evaluation of memoirs, archival fabrics, and secondary works, is awesome and comprehensive.’
—Stephen R. MacKinnon, Arizona kingdom college; co-author of China Reporting: An Oral background of yank Journalism within the Nineteen Thirties and 1940s