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China misperceived : American illusions and Chinese reality
Mosher, Steven W.
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Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
ix, 260 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
A New Republic book.
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E183.8.C5 M63 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E183.8.C5 M63 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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According to Mosher, interpreters of China to the Western World, especially American scholars, journalists, and politicans, have been guilty of providing information about China that is often misleading and frequently unfounded in fact. Collectively, these misrepresentations have produced broad misperceptions of China and the Chinese, causing public opinion to gyrate erratically between periods of adulation and hostility. Mosher traces the development of the major Western misperceptions of China in the 20th century, takes the perpetrators of these to task for their self-serving, unprofessional work, and tries to set the record straight as to what the reality of China is. A political conservative, Mosher is mostly concerned with identifying and dispelling misperceptions of China under communist rule. With ample documentation, he argues convincingly that the communist regime in China has failed to achieve anything of substance except an authoritarian political system and an oppressive fear-filled environment. He also argues effectively that China's communist leaders have regularly and successfully mesmerized undiscriminating Western visitors into accepting and broadcasting false images of China to unsuspecting Western publics. According to Mosher, altering misperceptions of China requires exposure of false or misleading interpretations and a return to high standards of professionalism among those whose credentials permit them to mold public opinion about China. A provocative and useful account that helps to remove some of the impediments to gaining a grasp of Chinese reality. There is, however, a lingering suspicion that Mosher is no more infallible than those he has chastised. Upper-division undergraduates.