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Re: What foreigners visiting Mao's China said and heard

In the past one would have been able to access some of the raw pre-1966 reports in the archives of the 中华人民共和国外交部.  Typically the reports show up in folios related to specific visits, i.e. would be searchable based on the (transliterated) name of the individual or delegation involved.  I'm not sure if this lead is particularly helpful though, Michael, because of recent restrictions on searching and viewing of previously declassified 外交部 archival holdings.  But it's in those archives that I've seen the kind of sources that you're referring to.

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Many thanks to Matt, Mindy, and Jacob for creating this list and also for their attempts to improve the list model.  I enjoyed the Michael Schoenhals’ first ‘doc of the month’ and look forward to other similar list serve innovations.  I also appreciated the self-intro's and have added the recent publications to a syllabus, so please do plug your new and forthcoming works. 


I work as a professor in the Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. I am a former 工农兵留学生and Berkeley and Harvard post-doc. My heaviest book so far is Mao's Last Revolution (co-author Roderick MacFarquhar), a history of the Cultural Revolution available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese, but – as if to prove that a Sinologist is not without honor except in his own country and among his own people – not in Swedish.

NEH Grants - Information for Asian Studies Scholars and Collections at AAS Meeting

For those who will be in attendance at the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Philadelphia:

Program Officers from the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) will be available to advise prospective applicants for NEH grants at the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Philadelphia, March 27-30, 2014.

20-minute appointments are available on Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 406 of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street (i.e., the main conference hotel). A limited number of walk-in appointments may be available.

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Thanks to Matt, Mindy, and Jacob for getting this going.

This is Alex Day (aka Sasha). I recently (Fall 2013) began a new job at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where I am an Assistant Professor in the History Department. Before that I taught for 6 years at Wayne State University in Detroit. I received my PhD in history from UCSC, studing under Gail Hershatter and mentored by Chris Connery and Arif Dirlik as well.

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Hello All,

It is a pleasure to see this list humming with activity. I am usually a lurker, invariably finding other people’s posts to be more interesting than my own, but I will try to break out of my shell and become a more active contributor. The document of the month feature is a very nice addition, by the way, and an excellent way to initiate conversation. Anyway, on with the self-introduction.

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My Self-introduction.

I am professor of Chinese research at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia and director of our Centre for Chinese Research.

My research, teaching and translating cover on China since the 1920s with a focus on Party history (of the CCP, but also a bit on GMD) and intellectuals during Mao's time, but also down to contemporary events. Over the years I've become an accidental Mao scholar, as well.


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