December 23, 2008

China Review Editor John Powell Dies

John W. Powell died in San Francisco last week at 89. He and his wife Sylvia (who died in 2004) were made infamous in the McCarthy era for alleged sedition against the US military because they published Chinese government reports of germ warfare used on Chinese troops in the Korean War. The Powells published the China Monthly Review in Shanghai (where John Powell was born) until they moved to San Francisco after the Chinese Communist Party solidified control over the country. The charges against the Powells were eventually dropped but the couple were blackballed from journalism work.
The China Monthly Review offered information and views on China outside the purview of TIME magazine founder Henry Luce's media empire. As such the issues remain valuable sources for that misunderstood era. The Sinomania! library has a small collection of China Monthly Review issues.

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