China's America: The Chinese View the United States, 1900-2000

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SUNY Press, Jan 2, 2012 - Political Science - 316 pages
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What do the Chinese think of America? Why did Jiang Zemin praise the film Titanic? Why did Mao call FDRs envoy Patrick Hurley a clown? Why did the book China Can Say No (meaning no to the United States) become a bestseller only a few years after a replica of the Statue of Liberty was erected during protests in Tianamen Square?

Jing Lis fascinating book explores Chinese perceptions of the United States during the twentieth century. As Li notes, these two very different countries both played significant roles in world affairs and there were important interactions between them. Chinese view of the United States were thus influenced by various and changing considerations, resulting in interpretations and opinions that were complex and sometimes contradictory. Li uncovers the historical, political, and cultural forces that have influenced these alternately positive and negative opinions. Revealing in its insight into the twentieth century, Chinas America is also instructive for all who care about the understandings between these two powerful countries as we move into the twenty-first century.

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About the author (2012)

Jing Li is Associate Professor of History at Duquesne University.

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