Financing Contemporary China Studies
Before Richard Nixon's historic trip to Beijing in 1972, most Americans viewed China as isolated, mysterious, and threatening.' Not surprisingly, the study of China seemed like an exotic and marginal pursuit. In spite of these negative public perceptions, private and government funding sources in the United States invested heavily in the field of contemporary China studies during the 1950s and 1960s. Thus when the door reopened to Americans, a substantial scholarly and institutional base already existed for understanding China.