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Chinabound: A Fifty-Year Memoir

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Chinabound: A Fifty-Year Memoir

Chinabound: A Fifty-Year Memoir
By John K. Fairbank
Harper, 1982, 416 pp. $17.95 Purchase

Chinese-American relations have been shaped on the American side by a small number of powerful personalities-merchants, missionaries, diplomats and scholars. John Fairbank is first among modern scholars. From 1930 to the present, his career has been entangled in the twists and turns of international politics, but his devotion to serious scholarship and his entrepreneurial energy in that cause have remained constant. This memoir is self-confident, incisive and fascinating.

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