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Through the Looking GlassChina's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao$
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Paul French

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099821

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.001.0001

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Introduction — Through the Looking Glass

Introduction — Through the Looking Glass

(p.1) Introduction — Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass

Paul French

Hong Kong University Press

Journalists and foreign correspondents try to reflect often complex events in faraway lands in a way their readers can hopefully understand. This was especially true of the old China press corps that started in the Canton Factories of the opium-dealers in the 1820s and reached its high point, both in terms of word count and number of reporters, in the 1930s and during the Second World War. The China press corps was the major interpreter of China to the outside world then as it is now. The members of the old China press corps were the witnesses and the primary interpreters of the history of modern China to millions around the world. The story of the old China press corps is described. By looking back at the men and women who have reported and written on China since the late 1820s, it might just be possible to gain some perspective on the media's current obsession with the China story.

Keywords:   China press corps, journalists, foreign correspondents, Canton Factories, Second World War, modern China

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