American Images of China, 1931-1949

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This book shows how the notion of the Chinese as aspiring Americans helped shape American opinion and policies toward Asia for almost twenty years. This notion derived less from the reality of Chinese historical or cultural similarities than from a projection of American values and culture; in the American view, fueled by various political, economic, and religious interests, China was less a geographical entity than a symbol of American hopes and fears. One of the more important consequences was the idealization of China and the demonization of Japan.
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"Jesperson demonstrates admirably why we must recognise the images that once controlled the American way of thinking about China, why and how these were constructed, and why they have failed to disappear."—American Historical Review

"Thoroughly researched and lucidly written, this book is a superb addition to the all-too-meager literature."—Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804736541
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Christopher Jespersen is Assistant Professor of American Diplomatic History at Clark Atlanta University.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Missionaries and the Creation of American Perceptions of China, 1890-1931 1
1 Henry Luce and the Rise of Time Inc. 11
2 Time Inc. and Its Stake in China 24
3 United China Relief and the Creation of American Images of China 45
4 Crusading Together: The Glorious War Years 59
5 Madame Chiang and the Personality of Sino-American Relations 82
6 The Underside of Sino-American Relations During World War II 108
7 The Dawning of the American Century 126
8 The Collapse of the American Century 150
9 Coming to Terms with the Emotional Attachment to China 172
Notes 193
Bibliography 235
Index 249
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