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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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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Asia First
Author(s):

Joyce Mao

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226252858.003.0007

The Introduction traces the Republican Party’s history with China, beginning with the Open Door notes and into the immediate period after World War II. In doing so it presents a prelude for the political warfare that occurred with the conclusion of the Chinese Communist Revolution and Chiang Kai-shek’s flight to Taiwan in 1949. This section also outlines the book’s historiographical intervention by challenging the prevalent assumption that the China-conservative connection was simply an example of McCarthyism. Instead, it positions Asia First within burgeoning 20th century American internationalism and theorizes rightwing interest in China as a form of orientalism particular to the United States.

Keywords:   Open Door notes, Chiang Kai-shek, McCarthyism, China lobby, orientalism

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