Thirty leading, multidisiplinary experts on China, including Perry Link (Princeton Univeristy), Andrew Nathan (Columbia University), Jonathan Mirsky ( Times of London), W. J. F. Jenner, Lois Wheeler Snow, and Morton Abramowitz (The Century Foundation), recount their initial encounters with China, recalling seminal observations and impressions. Most contributors first traveled to China when it was still closed to the world or was just beginning to open. Their subsequent experiences, writings, and policies shaped the Western relationship with China for more than a generation. This collection is essential for readers eager to understand the evolution of Western attitudes toward China. At the same time, it opens a vivid, intimate window into a fascinating period in Chinese history.