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Re: SUBSCRIBER SELF-INTRODUCTIONS (your responses requested)

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.

Re: SUBSCRIBER SELF-INTRODUCTIONS (your responses requested)

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.

Re: SUBSCRIBER SELF-INTRODUCTIONS (your responses requested)

My self-intro:

I am associate professor of Modern Chinese history at the University of Arizona, currently on a semester of leave at the University of Michigan.

The focus of my research is located at the intersection between urban history and the history of political movements, especially of young people. My first book, Behind the Gate. Inventing Students in Beijing (Columbia UP, 2010) dealt with the May Fourth period but I have since moved to the post-1949 era.


I am a social and cultural historian of twentieth-century China at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. Most of my work so far has focused on the countryside. I am interested in how the big political and economic changes of the twentieth century affected non-elite people in their work and everyday life. My first book, Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots (Harvard Asia Center 2009) describes a community of rural handicraft papermakers in Sichuan.


My self-introduction:

I am an assistant professor of East Asian history at Grinnell College, and currently on a year of research leave in the UK.  

My main research and writing focus is a dissertation-based book on politics, propaganda institutions, and media in 20th-century China.  I look mainly at film, and since completing the dissertation have been doing additional source-digging on related issues of geography and reception.  I also work on transnational aspects of U.S.-China relations, and China's contemporary media-related policies and moving-image culture.

What foreigners visiting Mao's China said and heard

A colleague recently asked me where, if anywhere, one might find contemporary Chinese records of visits by foreigners (including tourists, professional delegations, journalists, “foreign friends,” etc.) to Mao’s China? What he had in mind, I believe, are such things as notes on questions that foreign visitors posed (as well as on what they were told in response, I guess) while visiting this or that People’s Commune, neighborhood committee, factory, or kindergarten.

Re: Review of Mitter and Dikötter

I know I may be sort of veering off-topic here, but anyway: historians looking for new or more records of remarks made back then by the handful of Americans who (either of their own free will or because they were incarcerated) ended up remaining in Mao’s China may want to look at Public Security Intelligence, a classified Central Ministry of Public Security serial that regularly reproduced statements on unfolding domestic and international events made in China by persons of interest. Every now and then it would, for example, quote what imprisoned CIA officers John T.


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