Education: The China Scholars

When the ketch Phoenix, manned by U.S. pacifists, was blocked by a Chinese patrol boat as it tried to sail up the Yangtze two years ago, Dartmouth History Professor Jonathan Mirsky leaped into the water. He was desperately trying to deliver to the Chinese a gift from a group of Maoist Japanese students. The patrol boat veered away. That was the closest Mirsky had got to China in 13 years of studying it. His ploy was the most bizarre in a long series of attempts by American students of China to make some...

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