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Transnational Science during the Cold War: The Case of Chinese/American Scientists

Zuoyue Wang
Isis
Vol. 101, No. 2 (June 2010), pp. 367-377
DOI: 10.1086/653098
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/653098
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Abstract

ABSTRACT This essay examines the experiences of about five thousand Chinese students/scientists in the United States after the Communist takeover of mainland China in 1949. These experiences illustrate the often hidden transnational movements of people, instruments, and ideas in science and technology across the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. I argue that those hundreds who returned to China represented a partial “Americanization” of Chinese science and technology, while the rest of the group staying in the United States contributed to a transnationalization of the American scientific community.

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