Communism in Education in Asia, Africa, and the Far Pacific

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10. "It Was China Yesterday . . ."

IT WAS CHINA yesterday. There is no reason why it should not be Africa and India tomorrow," is the way Douglas Hyde, British ex- Communist, has expressed the conviction of the Communists in the Kremlin and the world over.1 A chapter on China is therefore included in this volume to show what can--and does--happen to education, to educators, to schools when Communists take a country over. China is the only country considered in this volume that the author did not visit in person. While visiting Hong Kong, Macao, India, and Ceylon, however, he obtained important information on China from individuals who had recently been there, and from Chinese publications circulating in those countries. Hong Kong is without doubt the best listening post today for information from Red China. Here--and only here--the Western world may peep through the bamboo curtain. Peiping broadcasts are regularly monitored in Hong Kong. The Chinese vernacular press is received there, carefully scanned by news agencies and diplomatic missions, and translations made of significant articles and news stories--some of which furnished background information for this chapter. Considerable information was secured from files of the New York Times and the London Times Educational Supplement for the past four years and from other British and American publications. Particular credit should be given to Henry

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