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Re: SUBSCRIBER SELF-INTRODUCTIONS (your responses requested)

Dear all,

    My name is Cai Chen (陈彩). I am a first-year PhD in Chinese Studies Reseach in Lau China Institute in King's College London. My first supervisor is Dr. Jennifer Altehenger, and Dr. Simon Sleight is my second supervisor.

    My dissertation is about higher educational institutions  in the city of Qingdao(Shandong Province) during the 1960s, which would focus on the connections between the educational system and the political and social system, the local history and the national and transnational history. 

Re: More on foreigners in China: Who were these individuals?

According to Carl Davidson's website, he claims to have traveled to China (and Cuba) with the Guardian. The information can be found be clicking the link "Glory Days."


By the way, thanks for posting this material on here. I also work on Americans in the PRC and I don't believe I know of some the individuals you have listed thus far.

More on foreigners in China: Who were these individuals?

I have just finished compiling a detailed list of contents of the NCNA’s 《对外宣传参考资料》for the years 1972 to 1975 and intend to put this list on the web in PDF format this week. But, before I do that (and in order, ultimately, to enhance the usefulness of the list) I need to pick what Fabio Lanza has already designated the ”collective archival brain” of H-PRC members. My query is simple: what were/are the names in English of the individuals below? Your help would be much appreciated!

"Too early to say"

I have a question for the collective archival brain of H-PRC. A couple of years ago, the retired diplomat Chas Freeman wrote that the famous Zhou Enlai quote "It's too early to say" was in response to a question not about the French Revolution but about the events of 1968. Which makes more sense to me.

Freeman argued that the quote was taken out of context... but does anybody have the context? Zhou supposedly said it during the Nixon visit (or maybe the Kissinger visit). Is there any Chinese report/transcript/evidence of that exchange? 


Dear colleagues,

I also want to use this opportunity to thank the organizers for putting up this page (I particularly enjoy the document of the month!), and provide a self-introduction.

I am professor for contemporary Chinese history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), where I specialize in historiography of modern China, nationalism, and in questions in the history of ideas in general. My last book was the edited volume Places of Memory in Modern China (Brill, 2012), of which a paperback came out in 2014.


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