The Press: J. B.'s Boy

One day in 1917, a slight, mild-mannered journalism instructor from Missouri stepped ashore at Shanghai. His fellow passengers piled into rickshas, but he could not bring himself to ride behind a human beast of burden. He walked to his hotel.

In the next 24 years John Benjamin Powell came to know China, its people and their problems as few other foreigners did. His China Weekly Review became a highly respected journal of news and opinion. Long before it became the fashion, the militant little paper took sides against the invading Japanese. When they tried...

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