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Title: Cold War currents and Chinese Emigre intellectuals, 1949-1960
Authors: Yung, KKC
Keywords: Cold War
Emigre intellectuals
Yin Haiguang
Zhang Junmai
Xu Fuguan
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Twentieth-century China, 2015, v. 40, no. 2, p. 146-165 How to cite?
Journal: Twentieth-century China 
Abstract: Chinese emigre intellectuals who fled from the mainland before 1950 have long been a popular research topic within Chinese academia. While most existing literature tends to attribute the formation of the thought of these emigres to various domestic factors, this article takes a new angle on the emigres-putting their thinking in the context of the Cold War. Assessing the impact of anti-Communist Cold War currents on various Chinese emigre intellectuals, this study suggests that not all emigres succumbed to these currents. Some were convinced by anti-utopian trends in the West and turned against all kinds of socialism. Some remained consistent in their socialist beliefs in the face of the Communist threat. Some perceived an urgent need to revive the Confucian tradition so as to counteract Communist expansion. Cold War currents were influential in the thought of some emigre intellectuals, but such an influence was rather limited.
ISSN: 1521-5385 (print)
1940-5065 (online)
DOI: 10.1179/1521538515Z.00000000058
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