By Michael A. Krysko
Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of unsuitable US rules and ways. located on the intersection of media reviews, know-how experiences, and US overseas family members, this learn frames the ill-fated radio tasks as symptomatic of an more and more stricken US-East Asian dating sooner than the Pacific struggle.
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Chiang’s regime would instead pursue new agreements that definitively brought China’s international radio traffic under Chinese control. In 1928, a near-delusional Schwerin unsuccessfully tried to persuade Harbord that better days for Federal were still ahead. RCA president James Harbord would hear nothing of it and ended the partnership. “[T]he Radio Corporation of America,” Harbord wrote, “is not willing to advance any more money or to authorize any expenditure for any further negotiations in China” on behalf of the Federal contracts.
He also had little patience for Chinese nationalist concerns about the Federal project. 58 Events in China, however, soon forced MacMurray to reconsider that position on Federal, if not his intransigence against Chinese nationalism. On May 30, 1925 British forces brutally shot Chinese demonstrators at a labor protest in Shanghai, killing several. The ferocity of the Chinese reaction that followed in the subsequent May Thirtieth movement reflected the growing power of Chinese nationalist and anti-imperial feeling.
Considering his educational and diplomatic experience in the United Federal Telegraph in 1920s China 25 States, Yan no doubt understood the political potency of the Open Door policy in America. Still, according to Yan, Federal’s contract and the Open Door were two separate issues. Simply put, China could not move forward with Federal until resolving the international protests. The Japanese and British were threatening to claim substantial monetary damages if their contracts were violated. Japan’s looming threat to recall its outstanding loans – a substantial sum by the early 1920s – added to Yan’s concerns.
American Radio in China: International Encounters with Technology and Communications, 1919–41 by Michael A. Krysko