CHINA PERCEIVED: IMAGES AND POLICIES IN CHINESE-AMERICAN RELATIONS
by JOHN K. FAIRBANK
245 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $7.95.
Nobody in the West has done more to clear up the mystery of China than John K. Fairbank, professor of Chinese history at Harvard. His latest book, a collection of 17 essays written between 1946 and 1974, continues a lifetime of combat against what he calls "the original sin of ignorance" about East Asia. It is a sin, Fairbank feels, that can be resisted only with the help of a great deal more historical knowledge than...