• The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies

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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction. Of Ends and Beginnings; or, When China Existed  1
    1. America's Asia: Discovering China, Rethinking Knowledge  23
    2. To Be, or Not to Be, a Scholar: The Praxis of Radicalism in Academia  67
    3. Seeing and Understanding: China as the Place of Desire  101
    4. Facing Thermidor: Global Maoism at Its End  143
    Epilogue. Area Redux: The Destinies of "China" in the 1980s and 1990s  175
    Notes  195
    Bibliograpy  241
    Index  257
  • “Fabio Lanza takes us into an almost forgotten moment in the history of Chinese studies. With precision, care, theoretical smarts, and an astonishing attention to detail, he shows how an engaged band of thinkers grappled with Maoism and the Cultural Revolution while collectively opposing the US war in Vietnam. This is not simply an exercise in rethinking a moment in the Cold War history of sinology. Rather, Lanza situates his study in the wider discursive and activist space of global Maoism, revealing the myriad ways in which Maoism was embraced as an alternative to the time’s capitalist modernity and imperialism. And he makes a compelling case for why revisiting and rethinking the global Maoism of the 1960s is more urgent than ever. The End of Concern is essential reading for our contested present and uncertain future.” — Ralph A. Litzinger, coeditor of, Ghost Protocol: Development and Displacement in Global China

    "Carefully reconstructing the documentary record of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, Fabio Lanza brings unknown, forgotten, and disavowed material to light. With superior research, compassionate critique, and clear, accessible writing, he has defined this period's intellectual history. A wonderful book." — Tani E. Barlow, author of, The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism

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    In 1968 a cohort of politically engaged young academics established the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS). Critical of the field of Asian studies and its complicity with the United States' policies in Vietnam, the CCAS mounted a sweeping attack on the field's academic, political, and financial structures. While the CCAS included scholars of Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia, the committee focused on Maoist China, as it offered the possibility of an alternative politics and the transformation of the meaning of labor and the production of knowledge. In The End of Concern Fabio Lanza traces the complete history of the CCAS, outlining how its members worked to merge their politics and activism with their scholarship. Lanza's story exceeds the intellectual history and legacy of the CCAS, however; he narrates a moment of transition in Cold War politics and how Maoist China influenced activists and intellectuals around the world, becoming a central element in the political upheaval of the long 1960s.

    About The Author(s)

    Fabio Lanza is Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona, author of Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing, and coeditor of De-Centering Cold War History: Local and Global Change.
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