America views China: American images of China then and now by Jonathan Goldstein, Jerry Israel, Hilary Conroy

By Jonathan Goldstein, Jerry Israel, Hilary Conroy

This paintings analyzes numerous pictures of China together with media similar to released and unpublished travelogues, newspaper debts, artifacts, images, reliable diplomatic experiences in addition to perceptions via artwork, trade, and missionaries. Illustrated.

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What it needs is ''capitalism with Chinese characteristics," which has been almost perfected by Taiwan and could, with difficulty, be transplanted. The PRC Soviet-type economic system, like others around the world, has irreparable systemic problems, from skewed growth to disincentives due to the neglect of consumption. Taiwan's dynamism, by contrast, has been remarkable, and seems now to be culminating in political liberalization. Harry Harding ends on a more cautious note, getting back to the problem of rapidly changing images.

The causes of Japanese imperialism, he concludes, were primarily economic ones stemming from modernization. "17 Perhaps the foregoing will help justify the decision by this volume's editors to try to avoid becoming mired in the controversies concerning imagery and orientalism. What we have sought here are basically innocent perceptions, but honest ones, unclouded by swirls of scholarly controversy. As Professor Yen-p'ing Hao said in commenting on the papers presented at the American Historical Association session that orig- Page 14 inally inspired the development of this book: "Thus, the American images of Chinaor any other country for that matterwere conditioned partly by the objective situation in China and more importantly by the needs and experiences of Americans themselves.

Since Harold Isaacs published Scratches on Our Minds: American Images of China and India, in which he held up American misperceptions of Asia for all to see, the study of perceptions and images had indeed come a long way. 2 However, Iriye's very heavy emphasis on images, perceptions, and misperceptions as vital factors in international relations, especially Japanese-American, came in for heavy criticism along the way. "3 Bix argued that "imagistic historiography" misses the real causes of international problems.

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