Anti-Americanism is not strange to students of modern Chinese history. But nothing compares to the all-out demonization of America during the Korean War, which marks the first, decisive turn in PRC attitude toward the US. This rabid outburst of anti-American rhetoric is traced to the sudden discovery of a heaven-sent opportunity by the Party leadership to inject boldness to the hitherto moderate and halting reforms at home toward Socialism. Riding the tide of the military conflict in Korea, the propaganda campaign forcefully propelled the new regime’s ideological warfare aimed at regime consolidation and social mobilization.
Yinan He (何忆南) is an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on politics of memory and reconciliation, East Asian international security, Chinese and Japanese foreign policy, and national identity mobilization and nationalism in East Asia. She is the author of The Search for Reconciliation: Sino-Japanese and German-Polish Relations since World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2009). The book is the first systematic, scholarly study on post-conflict interstate reconciliation. In addition to her fellowship from Princeton-Harvard China and the World program, She has held An-Wang Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies at Harvard University, John M. Olin Fellowship in National Security at Harvard University, Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Fellowship of the United States Institute of Peace, MacArthur Fellowship on Transnational Security Issues, and Japanese Government Mombusho Scholarship sponsored by the University of Tokyo, among others. In 2011-2013, she was selected as a Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. In AY 2012-2013 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She holds a B.A. from Peking University and M.A. from Fudan University in international politics.