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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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In Air Raid Shelters and Caves — Covering the War

In Air Raid Shelters and Caves — Covering the War

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(p.227) 10 In Air Raid Shelters and Caves — Covering the War
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Through the Looking Glass
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Paul French

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.003.0011

The Chongqing press corps had to perform a balancing act with, on the one hand, the Chiangs, the Nationalist's press-control machine, and sympathetic media moguls like Luce and, on the other, a whole range of alternate voices from the Communists to Stilwell. The biggest literary icon to arrive in Chongqing was Ernest Hemingway, who came with his correspondent wife, the chain-smoking thirty-two-year-old Martha Gellhorn. The entire Hemingway-Gellhorn sojourn in China had been a mixed experience: both later professed their admiration and love for China and conversely their depression and hatred of the place. Hemingway perhaps summed up their journey best as an “unshakeable hangover”. Traditionally, relations between the Nationalists and the press corps had been fractious at best; indeed there was a long history of the government frustrating journalists, banning publications, and generally making life difficult. The chapter also considers the end of the Old China.

Keywords:   Chongqing press corps, Chiangs, Nationalists, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, China

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