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Asia FirstChina and the Making of Modern American Conservatism$
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Joyce Mao

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226252711

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226252858.001.0001

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No Such Thing

No Such Thing

The China Lobby

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Asia First

Joyce Mao

University of Chicago Press

Private and extra-state efforts to shape U.S. China policy are the subjects of this chapter. Personal orientalisms as well as representatives of the Guomindong government swayed citizens like the notorious Alfred Kohlberg to advocate on behalf of the Nationalist cause. This section argues that the so-called “China Lobby” was comprised of many individuals (including Soong Mei-ling and the American China Policy Association) and organizations rather than a monolithic body. It is best understood by the manner in which it turned nostalgic orientalism into a template for activism that rightwing groups emulated well into the 1960s. Such efforts illustrated Free China’s wide political appeal, as well as the ways in which it drew together different types of conservatives who otherwise would have had more difficulty finding common ground.

Keywords:   Alfred Kohlberg, China Lobby, Soong Mei-ling, orientalism, American China Policy Association

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