Journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author Lynne Joiner will discuss her new book, Honorable Survivor: Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America, and the Persecution of John S. Service and weave the diplomat’s remarkable story into the fabric of watershed moments in 20th century history:
· the struggle between the Communists and Nationalists in wartime China and outbreak of renewed civil war which Service predicted
· the tangled US-China relationship during World War II
· the madness gripping the U.S. during the 1950s’ anti-Communist hysteria --and Service’s role as McCarthy’s first victim
· the US-China rapprochement after Nixon and Mao’s historic handshake
· and pertinent lessons for the foreign policy and civil rights challenges facing America today
Joiner’s talk will be punctuated by a slide presentation of rare photographs--from Service’s childhood in Sichuan and his secret meetings with Mao Zedong in Yan’an --to his loyalty hearings and persecution at the hands of the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joseph McCarthy.
HONORABLE SURVIVOR grew out of Lynne Joiner's lifelong interest in China. A seasoned journalist with over twenty-five years' experience with some of the country's major news organizations, Joiner was the only American correspondent in China in 1976 when Premier Zhou Enlai died, an historic event that marked the passing of the revolutionary generation.
Lynne Joiner holds an M.F.A. degree in broadcast journalism from UCLA and received her B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University. She also attended Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and the Taipei Language Institute. She speaks what she calls "survival" Chinese and French.
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