When Western Journalists Loved China’s Communists

A photograph taken in 1944 showing Mao Zedong (first from right in the second row) with foreign correspondents in Yan'an Photo: Courtesy of Shanghai Municipal Archives Bureau

A photograph taken in 1944 showing Mao Zedong (first from right in the second row) with foreign correspondents in Yan’an Photo: Courtesy of Shanghai Municipal Archives Bureau

Josh Rudolph reports:  The Global Times reports on an exhibition co-sponsored by the State Archives Administration of China entitled “Red Star Over China: Chinese Communists in the Eyes of Foreign Journalists.” The exhibition’s title pays homage to American journalist Edgar Snow’s seminal book, and displays the work of western journalists covering China in the pre-Cold War era—before the founding of the PRC and in a day when China’s young Communist Party intrigued many a left-leaning foreign correspondent:

China between 1936 and 1948 was in one of its most turbulent periods. The country was invaded and torn apart. The stories of this time are well-known but a new exhibition throws light on some original insights and the firsthand accounts of 13 foreign journalists who came and worked in China at that time.

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