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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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Foreign Commentaries on China

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Various commentaries from outside the country by people who have lived in China or studied Chinese society, stretching across different topics and historical periods – some are more friendly to the revolutionary cause than others.

The Battle For Asia, Edgar Snow, Random House, New York, 1941, 431 pages.

The Birth of New China, a sketch of one hundred years 1842-1942, Arthur Clegg, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1943, 144 pages.

What we saw in China, by 15 Americans, who participated in the Peace Conference of the Asian and Pacific Regions in October 1952, Weekly Guardian Associates, NY, 1952, 68 pages.

Through People’s China in a Friendship Train, by Fernand Leriche, World Federation of Trade Unions, England, 1953, 68 pages. Report of a WFTU delegation from 21 countries visiting China by train.

The People have Strength, Rewi Alley, Peking, 1954, 281 pages. Sequel to ‘Yo Banfa’.

The Great Road – the Life and Times of Chu Teh, Agnes Smedley, Monthly review Press, New York, 1956, 461 pages.

The Atlantic, a Special Issue on Red China – The first ten years, December 1959, 192 pages.

What’s really happening in China?, by Felix Greene, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1959, 68 pages.

The world belongs to all, by Liao Hung-ying and Derek Bryan, privately printed, n.d. (but from 1959 or shortly after), 32 pages. The impressions of a husband and wife who re-visited China in 1959.

Mao and the Chinese Revolution, Jerome Ch’en, Oxford University Press, London, 1965, 419 pages. With 37 poems by Mao Tse-tung.

Mao Tse-tung in opposition 1927-1935, John E Rue, Published for the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University Press, California, 1966, 387 pages.

The Taiping Rebellion, history and documents, Volume 1: History, Franz H Michael, University of Washington Press, 1966, 244 pages.

Window on Shanghai, Letters from China, Sophia Knight, Andre Deutsch, London, 1967, 256 pages.

This is Communist China, by the staff of Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, edited by Robert Trumbull, Van Rees Press, New York, 1968, 274 pages.

A curtain of ignorance, Felix Greene, Jonathan Cape, London, 1968, 340 pages.

The Great Power Struggle in China, Asia Research Centre, Hong Kong, 1969, 503 pages.

China and Ourselves – Explorations and revisions by a new generation, edited by Bruce Douglass and Ross Terrill, Beacon Press, Boston, 1969, 249 pages.

Modern Drama from Communist China, edited by Walter and Meserve, New York University Press, New York, 1970, 368 pages.

The Chinese Cultural Revolution and Foreign Policy, Daniel Tretiak, ASG Monograph No. 2, Westinghouse Electric Corporation Advanced Studies Group, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1970, 36 pages.

The Organization and Support of Scientific Research and Development in Mainland China, Yuan-li Wu and Robert B Sheeks, Praeger, New York, 1970, 592 pages.

A divorce trial in China, by Felix Greene, New England Free Press, 1970, 16 pages. Originally published as a chapter in Greene’s book Awakened China: The country Americans don’t know (1961)

The Miracles of Chairman Mao – A compendium of devotional literature 1966-1970, edited by George Urban, Tom Stacey, London, 1971, 182 pages. (Introduction missing.)

The Morning Deluge – Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Revolution 1983-1954, Han Suyin, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1972, 571 pages.

Mao Tse-tung’s Cultural Revolution, Tai Sung An, Pegasus, 1972, 211 pages.

Experiment without precedent: some Quaker observations on China today, report of an American Friends Service Committee Delegation’s visit to China, May 1972, 64 pages.

China: revolution and health, by Mark Selden, Health/PAC Bulletin, No. 47, December 1972, published by the Health Policy Advisory Center, New York, 20 pages.

People’s China in 1973: A Group Report, by Scott Nearing, Helen K. Nearing, Dr. Jerome Davis, Howard Frazier, Hugh B. Hester and Bess Horowitz, Promoting Enduring Peace, Inc., Woodmont, Conn.,1973, 28 pages.

The Chinese Economy, by Jan Deleyne, (1973, orig. French version 1971), 216 pages. Talks about the Chinese economy before, during, and after the initial phase (late 1960s) of the Cultural Revolution.

Chiang Ch’ing – The emergence of a revolutionary political leader, Dwan L Tai, Exposition Press, New York, 1974, 222 pages.

Unite the many, defeat the few: China’s revolutionary line in foreign affairs, by Jack A. Smith, Guardian newspaper (U.S.) pamphlet, 1974, 40 pages. Originally a series of articles in the Guardian in late 1972 and early 1973.

Education in the People’s Republic of China, by Fred L. Pincus, Research Group One Report No. 20, July 1974, 32 pages.

Party, Army and Masses in China, A Marxist interpretation of the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath, Livio Maitan, NLB, London, 1976, 373 pages.

Wind in the tower, Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Revolution – 1949-1965, Han Suyin, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1976, 404 pages.

The People of Taihang – An Anthology of Family Histories, edited by Sidney Greenblatt, International Arts and Science Press, White Plains, New York, 1976, 305 pages.

Economic planning in China, by Geoff Mason, New Zealand-China Society, 1976, 60 pages.

China and the Nuclear Question, by Joan Donley, New Zealand-China Society, 2nd revised ed. 1976, 20 pages.

Why is China not at the Olympiques? [sic] / Pourquoi la Chine n’est pas aux Olympiques?, by the Canada-China Society and the Amitiés Québec-Chine, 1976, 16 pages. In both English and French.

China’s Foreign Policy – an outline, compiled by Clark Kissinger, August 1976, 60 pages.

Women’s Liberation in China, Claudie Broyelle, Humanities Press, New Jersey, 1977, 174 pages.

Workers and Workplaces in Revolutionary China, the China book project, edited by Stephen Andors, ME Sharpe, White Plains, New York, 1977, 403 pages.

Comrade Chiang Ch’ing, Roxanne Witke, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1977, 549 pages.

Revolutionary Diplomacy, Chinese Foreign Policy and the United Front Doctrine, JD Armstrong, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1977, 251 pages.

The Politics of Revolutionary China, British and Irish Communist Organisation, Belfast, 1977?, 44 pages.

China since Mao, Neil J Burton and Charles Bettleheim, Monthly review Press, New York, 1978, 130 pages.

Mao Tsetung’s immortal contributions, Bob Avakian, RCP Publications, Chicago, 1979, 342 pages.

Chairman Mao – Education of the Proletariat, Don Chean Chu, Philosophical Library, New York, 1980, 478 pages.

Edgar Snow’s China, a personal account of the Chinese Revolution compiled from the writings of Edgar Snow, Lois Wheeler Snow, Random House, New York, 1981, 284 pages.

Science in Contemporary China, edited by Leo A Orleans, Stanford University Press, California, 1980, 599 pages.

Science and Socialist Construction in China, Xu Liangying and Fan Dainian, The China book project, ME Sharpe, New York, 1982, 225 pages.

Marxism, Maoism, and Utopianism, Eight Essays, Maurice Meisner, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1982, 255 pages.

Shenfan, the continuing revolution in a Chinese village, William Hinton, Random House, New York, 1983, 785 pages.

Red and Expert – A case study of Chinese science in the Cultural revolution, David Wade Chambers, Deakin University Press, Victoria, Australia, 1984, 153 pages.

Ninth Heaven to Ninth Hell – The History of a Noble Chinese Experiment, Qin Huailu, Barricade Books, New York, 1995, 665 pages.

Documents on the Rape of Nanking, edited by Timothy Brook, Ann Arbor Paperbacks, 1999, 301 pages.

Mao – a Life, Phillip Short, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1999, 782 pages.

The Nanjing Massacre, a Japanese Journalist Confronts Japan’s National Shame, Honda Katsuichi, ME Sharpe, New York, 1999, 367 pages.

The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography, edited by Joshua A Fogel, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2000, 248 pages.

Nanking 1937 – Memory and Healing, edited by Fei Fei Li, Robert Sabella and David Liu, ME Sharpe, New York, 2002, 278 pages.

Marxist Philosophy in China – From Qu Qiubai to Mao Zedong, 1923–1945, Nick Knight, Springer, The Netherlands, 2005, 245 pages.

Revolution in the Highlands – China’s Jinggangshan Base Area, Stephen C Averill, Rowman and Littlefield, New York, 2006, 451 pages.

Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China – The Return of the Political Novel, Jeffrey Kinkley, Stanford University Press, 2007, 305 pages.

Mao Zedong, a political and intellectual portrait, Maurice Meisner, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2007, 222 pages.

Rise of the Red Engineers – The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class, Joel Andreas, Stanford University Press, California, 2009, 344 pages.

Was Mao really a monster? The academic response to Chang and Halliday’s ‘Mao – the unknown story’, edited by Gregor Benton and Lin Chun, Routledge, Abingdon, 2010, 199 pages.

The Wounds, Norman Bethune, speeches given in Canada in the 1930s, Anvil press, Ontario, ND, 35 pages.

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