Joe Mathews, the son of American journalists who were among the first to work in China after the normalisation of Sino-US relations in 1979, lived in Beijing between the ages of five and six. Illustration: Be Boggs

How Communist China taught an American boy ‘the real meanings of democracy, tyranny and resistance’

  • Joe Mathews, the son of American journalists, recalls his adventures in Beijing as a spirited six-year-old
  • Shortly after the normalisation of Sino-US relations in 1979, he learned the real meanings of democracy, tyranny and resistance
Topic |   Lessons from China's history

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Joe Mathews, the son of American journalists who were among the first to work in China after the normalisation of Sino-US relations in 1979, lived in Beijing between the ages of five and six. Illustration: Be Boggs
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