chapter  1
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Introduction

Professor Lindbeck unfortunately did not live to witness the dramatic opening of a new era of Sino-American relations in 1971-72, nor the extensive development of scholarly exchange between China and the United States following diplomatic recognition in 1979, even though he had been centrally involved in laying the institutional groundwork for those exchanges in anticipation of an eventual change in the diplomatic climate. His assessment of China studies in the United States today would no doubt be quite different, since published research is now more interpretive and grounded in primary data drawn from field research; a majority of American scholars of non-Chinese origin can claim competence in Mandarin Chinese and some in regional dialects; many have published in Chinese learned journals; every year American students study in Chinese universities and American sinologists conduct advanced scholarly research in situ; and most China specialists now live and move with relative ease in Chinese society.