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Far East Reporter

From 1952 until her death at the age of 96 in 1989, Maud Russell published a magazine in New York City called the Far East Reporter. Actually, this was more like a long series of pamphlets, most of which were about revolutionary China in the Mao era. Some of them were written by Maud Russell herself, and others were written by different people, sometimes famous personalities. Many of these pamphlets remain of considerable interest today, though they are now increasingly difficult to find.

A predecessor publication to the Far East Reporter was the Far East Spotlight, published from about 1945 into the early 1950s by the Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy, whose executive director was Maud Russell.

[The introduction, the description of the contents of the pamphlets as well as the scanning of the pdfs themselves are all the work of the comrades at bannedthought, to whom we offer our thanks.]



The Kampuchean struggle for national survival: pertinent historical and current facts about Vietnam’s presence in Kampuchea, Thiounn Mumm, June 1983, 38 pages.


Historical perspective: China and the Olympics, Phillip K. Shinnick, 32 pages, August 1978.

Answers to some question about cancer, mental illness, the handicapped, schistosomiasis, family planning, venereal disease and the application of the mass line in the People’s Republic of China, Han Suyin, Li Ping, a report by the American Cancer Society, Carl Ratner, Victor and Ruth Sidel, Julian Schuman and Dan Schwartz. 48 pages, February 1978.


The mass line in the Chinese Revolution, Dr. Boon-Ngee Cham, 39 pages, August 1976.

Some observations on law in China, including: ‘Criminal justice in China’, George W. Crockett, Jr., and ‘People’s Courts in China’, Maud Russell. June 1976, 39 pages.

Back home in China, Lee Yu-Hwa, 24 pages, April 1976.

What about workers in China?, Janet Goldwasser, Stuart Dowty and Maud Russell, including a reissue of ‘Chinese factories are exciting places’ by Goldwasser and Dowty. 36 pages, January 1976.


What about religion in China? Some answers for American Christians, Maud Russell, 25 pages, n.d. (but probably from 1975).

Taiwan prospect: does the United States want to get out?, Hugh Deane and Maud Russell, 32 pages, October 1975.

Marxism and the Cultural Revolution in China: a new kind of Revolution, Ruth Gamberg, 47 pages, March 1975.


The making of the New Human Being in the People’s Republic of China, three articles by Dr. K. T. Fann, 48 pages, September 1974.

Chinese traditional medicine, conversations and observations by Rewi Alley and an old Chinese doctor, 24 pages, May 1974.

Building a Socialist educational system in China, includes 3 articles: ‘China’s Cultural Revolution in education’, by Rewi Alley; ‘Observations of an American Educational Consultant’, by Annie Stein; and, ‘The ongoing building of China’s Socialist Educational System’ (Hsinhua). 64 pages, February 1974.


The New Human Being in the People’s Republic of China, includes 3 small articles: ‘Free to be human’, by Felix Greene; ‘Psychiatric treatment’, by Leigh Kagan; and, ‘Living together in a community’, by Lucilee Stewart Poo. 24 pages, April 1973.

Chinese factories are exciting places!, by Janet Goldwasser and Stuart Dowty, 24 pages, February 1973.


The ‘Why?’ of Nixon’s trip to China, by Maud Russell. Includes the joint Chinese/U.S. communiqué of Feb. 27, 1972. Published c. July 1972, 64 pages.

Hand and brain in China, and other essays, a reprint of an Anglo-Chinese Educational Institute pamphlet which includes: ‘Hand and brain in China’, by Joseph Needham; ‘China’s economic policy’, by Joan Robinson; ‘The Open Door’, by Edgar Snow; and ‘China and the hungry world’, by Tim Raper. May 1972, 44 pages.


Oceania – an outline for study, by Rewi Alley, 2nd edition, 82 pages. This pamphlet was independently published in New Zealand and was then also distributed to Far Eastern Reporter subscribers.

The People’s Republic of China approach to history’s heritage: of territorial and border aggressions and to current Revolutionary Movements, by Neville Maxwell, 16 pages, October 1971.

Ping pong serves! first-hand returns, quotes from reporters and visitors, 40 pages, August 1971.

An American soldier changes worlds: life in China of an ex-prisoner of war, 9 pages, May 1971.

The People’s Republic of China: On becoming 21 – Socialist World Power, by Maud Russell, March 1971, 40 pages.

China’s centuries of contributions to world science and technology, two articles by Joseph Needham and Maud Russell, 24 pages, January 1971.


The liberation process for Japanese women, a book review by Maud Russell, 16 pages, Nov. 1970.

Education: a critique from China – pedagogical theory: bourgeois or Socialist?, 25 pages, July 1970.

Chinese women: liberated, by Maud Russell, 40 pages. n.d., but probably from around March 1970.

Revolution promotes production, by Maud Russell, n.d. (but probably from around March 1970), 24 pages.


The Sino-Soviet Ussuri River border clash, by Maud Russell, 24 pages, n.d. (but appears to be from around April 1969).

United States Neo-Colonialism – grave digger in Asia, by Maud Russell, n.d. (but appears to be from around March 1969), 36 pages.

The rising National Liberation struggles of the peoples in a key area of Southeast Asia: coming events cast their shadows!, by Maud Russell, n.d. (but from early 1969), 28 pages.


The ongoing Cultural Revolution in China, by Maud Russell, 28 pages, n.d. (but appears to be from around October 1968).


China’s genuine democracy, including: ‘Among the communes of Mao Tien, by Rewi Alley and ‘Mass democracy in China’, by Israel Epstein. n.d. (but probably from 1967 or perhaps 1968), 20 pages.

China’s Socialism or India’s Neo-Colonialism: a development race and its outcome, by Curtis Ullerich, 16 pages, n.d. (but probably from late 1967).

The Great Proletarian Revolution and China’s economic health, by Maud Russell, n.d. (but from around August 1967), 32 pages.

The making of New Man: How the thinking of Mao Tse-tung helps a man look at himself and change himself, by Tuan Ping-li, 16 pages, April 1967.

Some background on China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, by Maud Russell, March 1967, 40 pages.

Chinese traditional medicine: an observation on acupuncture – a practitioner’s view, by Felix Mann, 16 pages, January 1967.


Traditional medicine in Communist China: science, communism and cultural nationalism, by Ralph C. Croizier, 32 pages, n.d. (but probably 1966 or perhaps 1967).

The influence of the Thought of Mao Tse-tung, by Rewi Alley, n.d. (but probably from 1966), 16 pages.

Mass-line leaders and leadership in rural China, Chapter XVIII of the first years of Yangyi Commune by Isabel and David Crook, October 1966, 25 pages.

The process of urban and rural economy in China, includes ‘The role of the People’s Communes’ by Shirley Wood and ‘Self Reliance’ by David Crook, n.d. (but March 1966), 16 pages.

Seeing is believing, by an American POW in China, 12 pages, n.d. (but February 1966).


The past in China’s present: a cultural, social, and philosophical background for contemporary China, by Joseph Needham, 40 pages, October 1965.

In Southeast Asia Today: The United States, Vietnam, China, Four Poems by Rewi Alley, 8 pages, September 1965.

Some observations on education, trade and the political process in China, by Dr. C. H. Geoffrey Oldham, J. Russell Love, and Anna Louise Strong. June 1965, 32 pages.

Some background on United States in Southeast Asia – Maphilindo, an article by Jose Maria Sison about the ‘Maphilindo concept, 8 pages, April 1965.

Letters from Friends in China, 20 pages, March 1965.


Asians speak out on United States ‘Aid’ policy and programs, includes ‘US aid to Pakistan: an evaluation’, by Hamza Alavi, and ‘Why Cambodia rejected aid’, by Han Suyin. 20 pages, June 1964.

China speaks for herself: in interviews granted by Prime Minister Chou En-Lai to British, American, Pakistani and Japanese Newsmen, 20 pages, April 1964.


Some facts about today’s Tibet, excerpts from ‘The truth about Tibet’, by Stuart and Roma Gelder, n.d. (but probably from late 1963), 16 pages.

China 1963 – food – medicine – People’s Communes, as seen by Rewi Alley, Dr. Wilder Penfield, David Crook and Anna Louise Strong, 36 pages, 1963.

The China-India conflict, 50 pages, n.d. (but almost certainly from early 1963).


China facts for American readers: correcting popular tales, by Israel Epstein, Felix Greene and Rewy Alley, 20 pages, n.d. (probably 1962).


Medicine and public health in the People’s Republic of China, by Maud Russell, 28 pages, n.d. (probably 1961).

China’s path to her new society, unsigned article, 17 pages, June 1961.

What about Christians in China? – the YWCA, as reported by a Canadian YWCA visitor, 20 pages, n.d. (probably 1961).

How the Chinese are conquering the food problem: letters from China, 22 pages, c. March 1961.


Why do Chinese ‘refugees’ ‘escape’ to Hong Kong?, including ‘Is this a valid question?’, by Maud Russell, and ‘The letter Life would not print’, by Anna Louise Strong. 15 pages, n.d. (but probably from March or April 1960).

China … and India? and Indonesia? and Burma?, by Maud Russell, 65 pages, n.d. (but probably 1960).


New people in New China: some personal glimpses of people in China”, by Maud Russell, 51 pages, n.d. (but probably 1959).

We build the Ming Tombs Dam, by Israel Epstein, 12 pages, n.d. (but very likely from 1959).


Letters from China, from a variety of citizens and visitors, ed. by Maud Russell, 66 pages, n.d. (probably 1956).

China ‘Uncivilized’? Millenniums of achievement and contributions to the West, by Maud Russell, 22 pages, n.d. (probably 1956).

China News – how such News’ is made, by Julian Schuman, excerpts from his book Assignment China, 24 pages, n.d. (probably 1956).


Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, adopted September 20, 1954, 36 pages, n.d. (but likely from 1955).

Far East Spotlight

Volume VI

1 – April-May, 1950: Focusing on the recent Chinese-Soviet Treaty, 28 pages.

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship


American Policy in Asia, a talk presented by Maud Russell at an Educational Conference in New York City, October 27, 1951, 7 pages.

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