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American perspective, post Korean War
From the book, The Korean War, by Max Hastings, copyright 1987 by Romadata Ltd., I quote:
".... a war that aroused less public emotion, because in those early days of television it was infinitely less vividly projected, less impressed upon the consciousness of Americans. Even at the height of the Korean War, the Asian peninsula seemed an infinitely remote place, far less real than Vietnam became, beamed nightly for years into the nation's living rooms."
and in the same chapter, Hindsight, Hastings continually makes references to Communists, references are sparsely made or even directed at China, but at that evil notion -- Communism:
".... The decisive reason that it was possible for Western statesmen to sustain people's tolerance of the war was the memory of that devastating, indisputable act of Communist aggression ...."
This is how I remember the media and the voices in America since that time, that Communists were evil, they were everywhere in the world: Asia, Russia, Cuba and Vietnam. It was Communism that was evil.
Communists were popular until McCarthy was exposed as the psychopath he was, then even Communism lost all of its appeal.
No one ever thought much of anything about the Chinese. China was not a common topic at anytime! And why would it be, the media wasn't in China and there was much more excitement right here at home, delivered right into our homes! China was a long way away -- out of sight and out of mind! Pretty much where it is today with most Americans, I think!
" ... I know it's true, oh so true,
'cause I saw it on TV." -- John Fogarty
The Americans have grown up in their views, but China reamians mostly unkown and certainly unmarketed! I think your perspective must be dated!
Conversely, and perhaps, the United States government, acts on a different set of criteria and with a different agenda (the American people don't sit around thinking about what new territory they want next, do you know?).