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American Radio in China: International Encounters with Technology and Communications, 1919-41 (Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media)

ISBN-13: 978-0230252660
ISBN-10: 0230252664
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"An engaging account of American efforts in radio telegraphy and broadcasting in China.... Certainly much can be learned here by scholars of East Asia or of early-twentieth century international affairs. At the same time, the book... could be captivating for the non-specialist or an undergraduate audience." - Grace Ai-Ling Chou, Media History

"A valuable contribution to the scholarship on cultural diplomacy.... This engaging account of American broadcasting reveals a complex picture of radio's impact in China." - Kelly Ann Long, Journal of American History

"The American influence on early radio in China was immense.... For those who think that radio began [or died] there in 1949 with Radio Peking, this book is an eye-opener." - Radio Heritage Foundation

"The author insightfully traces the complicated intersections between culture, politics, and diplomacy and highlights the significance of the U.S. radio stations for the expatriate American audiences.... Overall, Krysko's well-researched and detailed study is a welcome addition to the literature on American radio. It covers an overlooked aspect of international broadcasting and includes instructive lessons for media historians, as well as for anyone interested in U.S.-East Asian relations in the decades prior to World War II." - Gerd Horten, Pacific Historical Review

"Melding the study of technological innovation, foreign affairs, and ... cultural diplomacy, we learn why those efforts [to introduce US-style radio telegraphy and broadcasting services] were doomed to failure long before Japan invaded China in 1937.... This is really a study of a three-way national struggle involving the United States and China, but increasingly in the 1930s, Japan.... Krysko's fascinating book is valuable in rescuing a time and place largely forgotten." - Christopher Sterling (Emeritus Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University), Technology & Culture

'..a valuable contribution to the scholarship on cultural diplomacy...This engaging account of American broadcasting reveals a complex picture of radio's impact in China.' -Kelly Ann Long, Colorado State University, Journal of American History

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Between 1919 and 1941, an array of American businessmen, diplomats, missionaries, and private citizens hoped to bring American radio to China. Initiatives included efforts to establish Sino-American radio-telegraphy links across the Pacific, start shortwave broadcasts of American programming to China, support America broadcasting in China itself, increase sales of American radio equipment, and carve out a niche on China's airwaves for American missionary broadcasters. However, excessive faith in radio's influential powers to promote the presumed benefits of American economic and cultural expansion blinded many Americans to the complexities they faced. American radio ultimately magnified rather than mitigated the tensions that pitched Americans against Chinese nationalists and Japanese imperialists in the years before the Pacific War. By drawing on scholarship in the history of technology, communications, media studies, and US foreign relations, the book's exploration into the relationship between these fields enhances our understanding of today's globalizing world

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Michael Krysko is an Associate Professor of History at Kansas State University, where he has taught since 2006. He writes on the history of technology, mass media, and U.S. foreign relations, and has a particular interest in international radio. Michael Krysko earned his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University in 2001 and spent five years on the history faculty at Dowling College in New York before joining the Department of History at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

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