For Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post's John Pomfret writes a lengthy review of My First Trip...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 11, 2011
John Pomfret reviews a new book by Ezra Vogel which looks at former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and his role in shaping Chinese history: The Bush and Biden trips to Sichuan bookend one of the world’s greatest stories: the...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 6, 2009
For the Washington Post, John Pomfret writes about his experiences being expelled from China as an AP reporter in 1989, and erroneous predictions then that June 4th would cause the Party's collapse: In 1989, a chorus of Western...
by Jenny Leung | Jun 2, 2009
John Pomfret continues to speak about how China-North Korean relations may be changing with the recent nuclear test on his blog: The government has been pretty careful about what it has said and what is done. But the tone from...
by Japhet Weeks | Sep 23, 2008
John Pomfret writes on his WashingtonPost.com blog that China's recent powdered milk scandal should cause American consumers to worry about the Chinese imports their consuming on a daily basis: That vitamin C you're popping each...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 8, 2006
In the New York Times Book Review, Orville Schell reviews “Chinese Lessons” by John Pomfret: It is commonplace these days for visitors to be swept away by the breathtaking energy and dazzling high-rise vistas of Shanghai and Beijing. Even for Sinophiles like myself, who have been watching China for decades, the amazing development of this […]
by Michael Zhao | Aug 3, 2006
From the New York Times: When John Pomfret arrived in China in 1980, ready to begin language classes at the University of Nanjing, he looked out the train window at a timeless pastoral scene in the fields outside Shenzhen. “I saw men steering wooden plows pulled by water buffalo, women hunkered over knee-deep in rice […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 24, 2006
In Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China, John Pomfret traces the lives of four of his classmates at Nanjing University, which he attended as a 20-year-old Stanford student in 1981. Given the rare opportunity to live in a Chinese dorm room with seven undergraduates, Pomfret gained an intimate knowledge of […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 17, 2006
The following is adapted from John Pomfret’s book Chinese Lessons, which will be published next month. From the Washington Post: On a beastly summer day in 1966, in the country-side of northern Jiangsu province, 100 farmers lined up at the threshing ground of Production Team 7 in the Shen Kitchen Commune. The threshing ground doubled […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 15, 2005
For the CDT Bookshelf, China Digital Times invites experts on China to recommend a book to CDT readers. This month, Washington Post correspondent John Pomfret recommends Prisoner of Mao, by Bao Ruo-wang (Jean Pasqualini), 326 pages, Penguin (out of print but easily available on any old books site on the Internet). Pomfret writes: “It is […]
by Sophie Beach | May 23, 2005
From Asia Media: Faison and longtime Washington Post Beijing bureau chief John Pomfret, spoke on Thursday, May 12 at UCLA about their experiences as journalists in China in the nineties in a discussion called “Reporting China: Tales from the Dragon’s Mouth.” In their years abroad, they witnessed the advent of capitalism, power struggles at the […]
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