Judy Polumbaum was the first Western researcher to do fieldwork focusing on post-Mao journalism in mainland China. She taught journalism at the University of Iowa for nearly three decades, and as Professor Emerita, relocated from the Midwest to the Southwest, where she reads, writes, and walks her two little rescue beagles.

Last Updated: June 8, 2020



For Me, the Breakdown in U.S.-China Relations Is Personal

Judy Polumbaum
In my childhood, they were the Red Chinese. In my husband’s upbringing, we were the American imperialists. U.S.-China reconciliation after ping-pong diplomacy enabled us to meet and marry 40 years ago. Those of us with a foot in each world find the...