Born a Foreigner: A Memoir of the American Presence in Asia

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - 281 頁
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In this absorbing work, a thoughtful career diplomat provides a perceptive, sometimes controversial overview of the intense U.S. connection with East Asia in the twentieth century. Part memoir, part diplomatic history, Born a Foreigner traces Ambassador CrossOs personal odyssey as a boy born in Beijing to missionary parents, a teenager under the Japanese occupation of North China, a Japanese-speaking marine corps officer in WWII, and as a diplomat posted to sensitive areas around the world. Always, CrossOs assessments of U.S. policy and policymakers are reflective, fair, and judicious. CrossOs authoritative and invaluable account of his Vietnam experiences as chief of CORDS in I Corps (1967D1969) adds significantly to the literature on the Vietnam War. He provides unique detail on the Tet Offensive, the earlier negotiations on Laos, the Geneva Conference, and Averell HarrimanOs diplomatic style. Equally significant is his discussion of the pacification program in I-Corps. He describes the subtle interplay among the U.S. and Vietnamese military, the American civilian authorities and the Vietnamese people, and their varying attitudes toward each other and the war itself. Covering the long sweep of historical events in Asia from revolutionary China in the 1920s and 1930s to the full normalization of Sino-American diplomatic relations in 1979 and the aftermath in Taiwan, where he was the first director of the American Institute, CrossOs memoir will thoroughly interest anyone seeking an insiderOs view of U.S. relations with Asia.
 

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Born a Foreigner
1
Growing Up in Peking
12
The Horse Marines
40
After the Marines
74
One Path to the Foreign Service
77
Taipei I 19491950
80
Jakarta 19501951
88
Hong Kong I 19521954
97
London 19661967
144
Vietnam
154
The Tet Offensive
178
DEPCORDS
185
Looking Back at Vietnam
208
Singapore
223
Hong Kong Again
235
Return to Taiwan
252

Washington and McCarthyism
109
Kuala Lumpur 19551957
115
Washington Again
127
Index
275
About the Author
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During the course of his thirty-two year diplomatic career, Charles T. Cross served in posts throughout the world, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Cyprus, London, Vietnam (1967-1969) where he was chief of the pacification efforts in I Corps. He was also ambassador to Singapore (1969-1972), consul general in Hong Kong (1974-1977), and the first director of the American Institute in Taiwan (1979-1981). Most recently he was a distinguished lecturer in international studies at the University of Washington.

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