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

Matt is indeed correct that you could find some fairly rich materials at the FMA on the visits of various foreigners during the 1950s and early 1960s. During stints in previous years I saw numerous files on:

1. Data on journalists admitted and denied entry (by country, and at times by name as well)

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Hi all

Thanks a bunch to those who put H-PRC together and who are putting so much unremunerated time into this! 

I'm Josh Goldstein, History Dept,  Associate Prof- for- life at University of Southern California. I did my grad work at UCSD and wrote a book, Drama Kings, about late Qing and Rep. era Peking opera.  Over the last 10 years I've focused on contemporary informal recycling and urban waste history but have very little written work to show for it.  Currently I'm obsessed with climate change.

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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