China Misperceived by Steven W. Mosher
American Illusions and Chinese Reality

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In this historical overview, the author, one of the first Westerners permitted to live in rural China, argues that the USA has consistently misinterpreted China for many years. He traces the distortions that led the US first to cringe at the "Yellow Peril", then to acclaim the new "Maoist Man".
 

About Steven W. Mosher

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Steven Mosher's books include Broken Earth: The Rural Chinese; Journey to the Forbidden China; China Misperceived: American Illusions and Chinese Reality; and A Mother's Ordeal: One Woman's Fight against China's One-Child Policy. He is president of the Population Research Institute.
 
Published November 1, 1990 by Basic Books. 272 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Along with two books critical of the Chinese Communist regime (Broken Earth, 1983, and Journey to the Forbidden China, 1985), Mosher is best known for having been expelled from China for misconduct in 1983 and having been denied his Stanford Ph.D.

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THIS is an account of endless error by China scholars, occasionally relieved by the insight of a handful of commentators who have never lost track of Communist China's totalitarian essence.

Nov 11 1990 | Read Full Review of China Misperceived: American ...

Publishers Weekly

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This is the story of the ordeal of Chi An, a Chinese mother, and her fight to escape being a victim of China's family-planning policies of the 1980s.

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The New York Review of Books

Jonathan Mirsky’s review of the Steven Mosher book, China Misperceived [NYR, May 30], would hardly deserve serious comment except that you elevate the Mirsky piece and the Mosher thesis to a cover headline that reads “How We Got China Wrong.” This kind of hype cannot but poison the well of ration...

Nov 07 1991 | Read Full Review of China Misperceived: American ...

The New York Review of Books

Fairbank…was able to write that “valued in the Chinese peasant’s terms, the revolution had been a magnificent achievement, a victory not only for Mao Tse-tung, but for several hundreds of millions of the Chinese people.” It would be unfair to ask how many peasants Fairbank had spoken to in coming...

May 30 1991 | Read Full Review of China Misperceived: American ...

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