Cultural Experiences of Chinese Students Who Studied in the United States During the 1930s-1940s

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In addition to exploring the experience of these Chinese students, this study examines the social, cultural, economic and political history of the two countries. Due to the Americanization of China’s higher education before the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, the students were well-prepared for studying in the United States. But the unexpected founding of Communist China and the development of the Cold War prevented some from returning. When they did return, some suffered during the political campaigns in China, and a few became members of a CCP-controlled elite.

“. . . a fine effort supported well by a wide variety of sources. . . . the United States and China have had for generations a deep and personal connection with each other. Countless thousands of students from each country have studied in the other and this continues through today. There is a record there that needs to be understood and Ting Ni’s work helps us to understand that record. . . . a particularly important contribution to the history of Sino-American activities and a contribution that will be sorely needed as we move into the coming decades when not only contemporary Sino-American relations but the history of Sino-American relations will become important tools for those attempting to guide our two nations toward a cooperative and successful future.” – Steven Leibo

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface; Introduction
1. Review of the Literature
2. Chinese Higher Education in the 1930s and 40s
3. Studying in America (Boxer Indemnity & Self-Supported Students; American Sources of Financial Assistance; Academic Life)
4. Extra-Curricular Activities and Student Organizations
5. The Rise of Professionals among Chinese Americans (Female Students, Professionals, and Housewives)
6. Chinese American Professionals in the United States
7. Returnees of the 1940s and 50s in China
8. The Rise of a CCP-Controlled Elite and Returnees’ Contributions to China
Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

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