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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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The Early Years of the Revolutionary Struggle – Part 1 – 19th century – 1936

Fundamental Laws of the Chinese Soviet Republic, with an introduction by Bela Kun, International Publishers, New York, 1934, 92 pages.

Notes on ten years of civil war, 1927-1936, Chen Po-ta, FLP, Peking, 1954, 108 pages.

Republican China – Nationalism, War, and the Rise of Communism 1911-1949, Franz Schurmann and Orville Schell, Vintage, New York, 1967, 394 pages.

The Opium War, by the Compilation Group for the History of Modern China Series, 1st edition, 149 pages. (Peking: FLP, 1976)

The Reform Movement of 1898, by the Compilation Group for the History of Modern China Series, 1st edition, (Peking: FLP, 1976), 150 pages.

The Yi Ho Tuan Movement of 1900, by the Compilation Group for the History of Modern China Series, about what is called the Boxer Rebellion in the West, (Peking: FLP, 1976), 148 pages.

The Awakening of China, by James H. Dolsen, (Chicago: Daily Worker Publishing Co., 1926), 267 pages.

China In Revolt, Soviet and Comintern documents, (Not dated, but probably from around 1927), 68 pages. Includes:

  • The Prospects of the Revolution in China, speech by Comrade Stalin in the Chinese Commission of the enlarged Executive Committee of the Communist International (E.C.C.I.) on Nov. 30, 1926. Speech by Tan Ping-shan in the Plenary Session of the E.C.C.I.
  • China and the Capitalist World, a speech by Comrade Manuilsky.
  • The Prerequisites and Tasks of the Chinese Revolution, a speech by Comrade Bucharin at the Russian Party Conference.

Stalin and the Chinese Revolution, by Chen Po-ta [Chen Boda], April 21, 1952. Focuses on Stalin’s contributions in the 1920s to the development of the Chinese Revolution. (Peking: FLP, 1953), 68 pages. [Note this scan has some bleed-through from the print on the reverse sides of the pages, but is still legible.]

Civil War in Nationalist China, by Earl Browder, (Chicago: Labor Unity Pub. Ass’n, 1927), 67 pages.

China’s Millions: Revolution in Central China, 1927, by Anna Louise Strong, (Peking: New World Press, 1965), 206 pages. This is a re-issue of the 1927 volume which was the first of a projected six volume set of her Selected Works on China’s Revolution. [We do not know if the other projected volumes were published later.]

People’s Tribute, edited by T’ang Liang-li. Supportive of Chiang Kai-shek and Wang Ching-wei. Volume 1, #1-3, March-April-May 1931, first three issues bound as one, 116 pages.

War in the Far East, by Henry Hall, International Pamphlets (N.Y.), No. 2, 1932, 32 pages.

War in China, by Ray Stewart, International Pamphlets (N.Y.), No. 19, 1932, 32 pages.

Soviet China, by M. James & R. Doonping, International Pamphlets (N.Y.), No. 20, 1932, 30 pages. [Note: Unfortunately page 31 is missing in this scan.]

Suppressing Communist-Banditry in China, edited by T’ang Liang-li, and of course representing the Chiang Kai-shek/Guomindang point of view. (Shanghai: 1934), 146 pages.

The Revolutionary Movement in the Colonial Countries, by Wang Ming, the revised copy of the speech given on Aug. 7, 1935 in Moscow at the Seventh World Congress of the Communist International. (NY: Workers Library Publishers, 1935), 68 pages.

On the Long March with Chairman Mao, by Chen Chang-feng, a PLA orderly who accompanied Mao on the famous Long March in 1934-36. (Peking: FLP, 1972), 2nd ed. [1st edition was in 1959.], 136 pages.

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Setting up a new home in a mountain village

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Complete and Consolidate the Victory, New China Library Series No. 1; 8 articles from early 1950 about developments in China as well as on international affairs. (Peking: FLP, May 1950), 59 pages.

China’s Youth March Forward, FLP, Peking, 1950, 70 pages.

China’s Feet Unbound, by Wilfred G. Burchette, (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1952), 196 pages. About the rapid changes in China during the first couple years of the People’s Republic.

China’s New Creative Age, by Hewlett Johnson, Dean of Canterbury, (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1953), 208 pages.

Education Must Be Combined With Productive Labour, Lu Ting-yi, FLP, Peking, 1958, 32 pages.

Changing China, Michael Shapiro, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1958, 182 pages.

A Great Decade, by Chou En-lai, 1959. Summing up the achievements of the country in the decade since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. (Peking: FLP, 1959), 45 pages.

An outline history of China, Tung Chi-ming FLP, Peking, 1959, 469 pages.

Letters From China: Numbers 11-20, by Anna Louise Strong, (Peking: New World Press, 1964), 186 pages. (Missing interior title page; otherwise complete.)

Let A Hundred Flowers Blossom, Lu Ting-yi, Director of the Propaganda department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, FLP, Peking, 1964, 35 pages.

Revolutionize Our Youth, Hu Yao-pang, Report on the work of the Chinese Communist Youth League delivered at its Ninth Congress, june 11, 1964, FLP, Peking, 1964, 51 pages.

Political Work – Lifeline of all work, Hongqi (Red Flag) Commentator, FLP, Peking, 1964, 62 pages.

Fanshen, a documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village, William Hinton, Vintage Press, New York, 1966, 637 pages.

In Celebration of 21st Anniversary of Founding of the People’s Republic of China, Hsinhua News Agency press report, Sept. 30, 1970, 36 double pages with print in teletype font.

Capitalism will surely perish, Socialism will surely prosper, Yin Hang, People’s Daily, April 20, 1971, Peking, English translation in Chinese Economic Studies, Volume VI, No. 1, Fall 1972, 13 pages.

Geography of China, English language edition, (Peking: FLP, 1972), 68 pages.

Daily Life in Revolutionary China, Maria A. Macciocchi, Monthly Review Press, New York, 1972, 506 pages.

China – A Geographical Sketch, a revised and enlarged version of the above pamphlet, (Peking: FLP, 1974), 144 pages.

China’s Long Revolution, Edgar Snow, Pelican, London, 1974, 22 pages.

Some Basic Facts About China: Ten Questions and Answers, Supplement to China Reconstructs magazine, Jan. 1974, 95 pages. Includes sections on People’s Communes, Neighbourhood Life, the General Line for Socialist Construction, National Economic Development, the Policy of ‘Walking on Two Legs’, Women, Minorities, Education and Health.

Taching, a photo album with occasional brief captions in Chinese, Shanghai, 1974, 144 pages.

More Basic Facts About China, Supplement to China Reconstructs magazine, Jan. 1976, 105 pages. Includes sections on Socialist Economic Construction, How the Oil Industry was Developed, Tachai Commune and the Socialist Countryside, Education, Factories Run their own Colleges, Barefoot Doctors, Cadre Schools, etc.

New China’s First Quarter Century, (Peking: FLP, 1975), 228 pages.

Shenfan, William Hinton, Vintage Books, New York, 1984, 789 pages.

Now a couple of books produced under a restored capitalist China. Included here for general interest.

Memoirs of a Chinese Marshal, Peng Dehuai, FLP, Beijing, 1984, 523 pages.

KMT war criminal in New China, Shen Zui, FLP, Beijing, 1986, 374 pages.

An economic history of the major capitalist countries, a Chinese view, by Kang Fan, et al., 1973. Translated into English by Uldis Kruze, East Gate Books, New York, 1992, 334 pages.

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