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ERIC Number: ED255972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Visit to China and the USSR.
Dudley, E. Samuel
During the summer of 1984, 30 speech communication professors and their spouses visited Shanghai, Beijing, Moscow, and Leningrad, spending three or four days in each city. In each of the four communist cities, they met with professors and administrators for long briefings and discussions about communication. One of the first things the Americans noticed was the striking contrast between the openness of the Chinese and the restraint of the Russians. The Russians readily answered American questions, but politely refused to ask any. The visitors concluded that the reasons for the Russians' cold reception was due to the ease with which they could be identified as Americans (by clothing and nametags), especially since United States-Soviet relations were at that time at very low ebb. In China, the group visited a radio station, toured the facilities of the Foreign Language Institute, and spent two and one-half hours in conversation with Li Shou-pao of the Chinese People's Friendship Association. They discovered that (1) the Chinese used communication media effectively to disseminate government policy, (2) most cultural and entertainment programing was designed to convey social or political messages, (3) daily foreign language lessons by radio were helping many Chinese learn foreign languages, and (4) Chinese farmers, newly affluent because of changed economic policies, had television sets in their homes. (The paper includes Li's answers to questions.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: China; USSR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Winston-Salem, NC, April 11-14, 1985).