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Asian Studies: China

The Amerasia Affair: China and Postwar

Anti-Communist Fervor

Source

FBI Library

Period

1945-1973

Content

14,092 images

Product Number

261344

Product Code

GDSC-38

China Maritime Customs Service: The

Customs' Gazette, 1869-1913

Source

Shanghai Library

Period

1869-1913

Content

36,697 images

Product Number

16238217

Product Code

GDSC-211

The Amerasia Affair was the first of the great spy cases of the postwar era. Unlike Alger Hiss

or the Rosenberg cases, it did not lead to an epic courtroom confrontation or imprisonment

or execution of any of the principals. The Amerasia Affair sheds light not only on debate as to

who "lost" China, Soviet espionage, McCarthyism, and the loyalty program, but also on the

bureaucratic intricacies of anti-communism in Washington.

The Customs Gazette was a quarterly published by order of the Inspector General of Customs

of China in Shanghai, from 1869 to 1913. The Gazette publishes quarterly reports on trade

prepared and submitted by the customhouses based across the country such as Newchuang,

Tientsin, Chefoo, Hankow, Chinkiang, Ningpo, Foochow, Amoy, Swatow, Tamsui, Takow,

Kiukiang, and Canton. Each report covers figures of vehicles, imports, exports, re-exports,

internal transit, passenger traffic, revenue, etc. There are also sections in the Gazette on

quarterly reports on dues and duties, précis of fines and confiscations, notifications, movement

in the service, and appendixes.