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China Reporting documents the gathering of American journalists, diplomats and China scholars, "old China hands" all, who met in 1982 to discuss their experience in China. China Reporting documents the gathering of American journalists, diplomats and China scholars, "old China hands" all, who met in 1982 to discuss their experience in China.


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China Reporting documents the gathering of American journalists, diplomats and China scholars, "old China hands" all, who met in 1982 to discuss their experience in China. China Reporting documents the gathering of American journalists, diplomats and China scholars, "old China hands" all, who met in 1982 to discuss their experience in China.

10 review for China Reporting: An Oral History of American Journalism in the 1930s & 1940s

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hassel

    Mackinnon and Oris Friesen. I enjoyed this book for what. Is attempted to do. The editors gathered in 1982 in Scottsdale Arizona many (35 journalists) who were still alive and had covered China in the 30’s and 40’s. Although some went on to have long and broader careers such as John Hersey, Ted White and Harrison Salisbury, for the most part I think this groups high point in their journalist careers was China. The book is basically posing questions to the group and summarizing their answers. How Mackinnon and Oris Friesen. I enjoyed this book for what. Is attempted to do. The editors gathered in 1982 in Scottsdale Arizona many (35 journalists) who were still alive and had covered China in the 30’s and 40’s. Although some went on to have long and broader careers such as John Hersey, Ted White and Harrison Salisbury, for the most part I think this groups high point in their journalist careers was China. The book is basically posing questions to the group and summarizing their answers. How did they get around? Who spoke Chinese and was it a problem if one did not? What was their relationship to the American foreign affairs officers? Were they biased for or against Mao’s Communist faction? And how did they get around the Chinese sensors? All of these questions are discussed and for me having read many, many books by these writers it was a joy to “hear” them together. It is important to understand that unlike the American journalists who covered Europe or the Soviet Union most of these people went to China seeking adventure, had little money when they arrived, often into a war area between the nationalist, communists, Japanese and war lords with no organization behind them. I do not think this book will make sense to someone who has not done a deep dive into this topic. But for those who have, this book is a wonderful addition to your “old China Hands” shelf.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luke

  3. 4 out of 5

    Delaney

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jiangang Ni

  6. 5 out of 5

    John R

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yiching Wu

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marine

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh Driscoll

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liam

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