Understanding Communist China

Understanding Communist China

Communist China Studies in the United States and the Republic of China, 1949-1978

Authors: Tai-Chun Kuo, Ramon H. Myers
ISBN: 978-0-8179-8342-0
Publication Date: 7/1/1986
Pages: 172

In the 1960s and 1970s American private foundations and government agencies spent over $40 million to support contemporary Chinese studies and train Americans to become experts on Communist China. How well did these programs, support facilities, and experts contribute to a better understanding of the complex events an changes that took place in the world's most populous country? Kuo and Myers survey and appraise that research by comparing it with the research facilities and experts in the Republic of China (Taiwan) where efforts were underway to understand the dynamics of change that occurred between 1949 and 1978, probably the most turbulent period in China's modern history. By referring to a small sample of learned journals and monographs, they develop a methodology for evaluating area research on Communist China. Their overall findings enable Kuo and Myers to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of American and Chinese research and proposed how the internationalization of research on communist countries like China could be greatly improved in the future.

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Ramon H. Myers

Ramon H. Myers, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is curator of the East Asian archives. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.


Tai-Chun Kuo

Tai-chun Kuo is a research fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Previously, she was a visiting lecturer at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University (2003) and an associate professor at the Graduate Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University (Taiwan, 1997–2000). She served as press secretary to the Republic of China (ROC) president (1990–95), deputy director–general of the First Bureau of the Presidential Office (1989–97), and director of the ROC Government Information Office in Boston (1987–88).


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