A Compelling Journey from Peking to Washington: Building a New Life in America

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The son of a prominent Chinese government official and general and the former schoolmate of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Chi Wang personally experienced one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history, including the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, theJapanese occupation of Hong Kong and mainland China, and the Chinese Civil War (1946-1949). In 1949, Wang left China for the United States, traveling though mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong during the final days of the Chinese Civil War. After arriving in America, he quickly made a life for himself and became active in the development of Sino-American relations. From sitting behind Secretary of State William Rogers and President Nixon's daughter during "ping-pong diplomacy," to orchestrating the release of Young Marshal Zhang Xueliang, to presiding over the exponential growth of the Chinese collection at the Library of Congress, Wang's memoirs provide unique Chinese insight in the development of Sino-American relations at a pivotal time in our shared history.
 

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Contents

My Family
1
War with Japan19311941
7
From Pearl Harbor to VJ Day 19421945
16
Chinas Civil War 19461949
22
Beginning My New Life in America
34
From New York to Maryland
39
Business Artistic Romantic Pursuits
52
Meeting the Love of My Life
64
President Nixon and His New China Policy 19691972
115
Moves toward Normalization of USChina Relations
126
Visiting Taiwan
131
Meetings with Chinese Leaders
133
Young Marshal Zhang Xueliang of Manchuria and Me
145
Mayling Soong and Me
155
The Founding of the United StatesChina Policy Foundation 1995
177
My Role in Taiwans Politics
180

My Years at the Library of Congress
68
The Start of My Teaching Career
73
Hong Kong Opportunity
104
Promoting USChina Relations
111
Conclusion
191
Final Reflections
193
Index
199
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About the author (2011)

Chi Wang is co-founder and president of the U.S.-China Policy Foundation and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He was the head of the Chinese section of the Library of Congress from 1990-2004. Wang’s many publications include A Compelling Journey from Peking to Washington (2011), George W. Bush and China (2009), and U.S. Congress and America-China Relations since 1989 (2001). He has been publisher of the Washington Journal of Modern China since 1992.

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