15 Overtures Between East and West
Joint Communiqué of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, February 28, 1972 (From the American Institute in Taiwan)
Excerpts from the 1979 “U.S.-PRC Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations” and the Taiwan Relations Act of 197
Chart for analysis of the Joint Communiqué (Activity 4)
Map of Asia
A Brief History of Taiwan
“Nixon’s China Game,” an American Experience special website, provides excellent background information. Includes an interview with Henry Kissinger, timelines, and teacher resources.
Activity 2 Ping-Pong Diplomacy
An introduction to ping pong diplomacy.
Activity 3 President's Nixon's Visit to China
Photographs by Oliver F. Atkins, Nixon's personal photographer.
A Closer Look
Chen Jian. Mao’s China and the Cold War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
Clayton, Cathryn H. Sovereignty at the Edge: Macau and the Question of Chineseness. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.
Cohen, Warren I. America’s Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.
Gao Wenqian. Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary. New York: PublicAffairs, 2007.
Kissinger, Henry. On China. New York: Penguin, 2011.
Nixon’s former Secretary of State examines China’s foreign policy and relationships with Western powers and other East Asian countries in the second half of the twentieth century.
Li Cunxin. Mao’s Last Dancer. New York: Putnam, 2003.
The biography of a man chosen as a young boy to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy.
MacMillan, Margaret. Nixon and Mao: The Week that Changed the World. New York: Random House, 2007.
An accessible history of Nixon’s visit to China, including archival documents and photographs that help shed light on the complex events leading up to the Joint Communiqué.
Tsang, Steve. A Modern History of Hong Kong. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2007.
An overview of the legal status of Hong Kong and Macao as Special Administrative Regions of China.
A brief overview of McCarthyism and the political climate in the United States during the 1950s.
An American Experience website with background information, timelines, teacher resources, and an interview with Henry Kissinger.
Declassified documents of Nixon’s visit to China including conversations with Zhou Enlai.
An online exhibition that includes photos, documents, and background information about Nixon’s historic 1972 trip. Select Exhibits—Richard Nixon—Ping Pong Diplomacy to open exhibit.
Video footage of Nixon’s visit to China recorded by a crew hired by the President to document the trip.
The text of the 1984 United States and China agreement to enhance relations and “strengthen cultural cooperation.”
Digitized posters from the collection of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, and Stefan R. Landsberger.
Mao’s Last Dancer (113 mins; 2010)
A feature film about Li Cunxin, who was chosen as a young boy to study at the Beijing Dance Academy.