The United States and Asia

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The United States and Asia

By William Watts
Lexington Books, 1982
114 pp.

Based on survey data, this Potomac Associates study is a valuable and disquieting book about American attitudes toward Asia. Misinformation and negative stereotypes about Asia characterize the thinking of too many American citizens. Can a democratic society carry out an informed foreign policy toward an increasingly important part of the world on the basis of an "ignorance gap"? This is the basic question Watts poses. As Robert Oxnam, president of the Asia Society, points out in his foreword: "American ignorance of Southeast Asia and South Asia is due more than anything else to the miniscule attention they receive in U.S. print and broadcast journalism." Watts proposes a number of sensible steps to correct this situation.

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