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Foreigners under Mao: Western Lives in China, 1949-1976

Beverley Hooper


Foreigners under Mao: Western Lives in China, 1949–1976 is a pioneering study of the Western community during the turbulent Mao era. Based largely on personal interviews, memoirs, private letters, and archives, this book ‘gives a voice’ to the Westerners who lived under Mao. It shows that China was not as closed to Western residents as has often been portrayed. The book examines the lives of six different groups of Westerners: ‘foreign comrades’ who made their home in Mao’s China, twenty-two former Korean War POWs who controversially chose China ahead of repatriation, diplomats of Western coun ... More

Keywords: Mao Era, People’s Republic of China, Socialism, Communism, Westerners, Korean War, Propaganda, Foreign Comrades, Marginalization, Imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208746
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beverley Hooper, author
University of Sheffield (emeritus)