Kim Jong Il in the Chinese Mainland Press

Fresh from a session with Bruce Cumings at the University of Washington (more on his speech tomorrow, including photographs), I’m posting a few links to dispel the notion that Kim Jong Il’s visit to the PRC is proceeding, as the LA Times asserted, under “a media blackout.” Huanqiu Shibao now carries a rather fatty newspage exclusively devoted to Kim’s visit: Kim is now reported to … Continue reading Kim Jong Il in the Chinese Mainland Press

Propagandizing Manchukuo

In the mid-1930s, the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo was heavily promoted not just in Japan, but in England, the United States, and Germany.  Japanese businesses sought foreign investment in Manchukuo, even if full-bore diplomatic recognition was not forthcoming.  There are many, many travelogues to Manchuria in the years from 1933-1937 which extol Japan’s efforts to cleanse Manchuria of bandits, organize rural communities, and promote … Continue reading Propagandizing Manchukuo

US-China: Le Grand Refroidissement

Precisely one year ago, Le Monde asked in an uncharacteristically blaring headline: “US-Chine: Le Grande Refroidissement? [US-China: The Great Re-Freeze?]” Well, today that article appears to be rather prescient. From Taiwan to Google to the Dalai Lama to pending and present trade disputes, there is more than enough acrimony to go around. Perhaps this means that French journalism and commentary about East Asia generally, and … Continue reading US-China: Le Grand Refroidissement

The Correspondent and His Typewriter: Keyes Beech in Northeast Asia in the 1950s

Foreign correspondents in East Asia in the late 1940s and early 1950s were a wild and wonderful bunch, but few were more incisive or entertaining than Keyes Beech. Perhaps because Beech had won a Pulitzer for his Korean War reporting, his writing was cocky and powerful; it has a verismo quality, and it is very 1950s. He went on to visit and cover communist China … Continue reading The Correspondent and His Typewriter: Keyes Beech in Northeast Asia in the 1950s

French Dispatches from Tokyo: Philippe Pons on North Korean Provocations

Why Read the European Press re: East Asia? A Justification I operate on assumptions that more sources, even flawed ones, are better than fewer.  (I also believe, unlike the classic example of Dick Cheney in 2002-03, that as we sift through these sources, it is important to let a thesis develop out of them rather than imposing one from above.)  Grabbing a wider net can … Continue reading French Dispatches from Tokyo: Philippe Pons on North Korean Provocations