My First Trip to China is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the evolution of Western attitudes toward contemporary China. At the same time, this collection provides a vivid, personal window onto a fascinating period in Chinese history. Thirty leading China experts—ranging from Perry Link, Andrew Nathan and Jonathan Mirsky, to W.J.F. Jenner, Lois Wheeler Snow and Morton Abramowitz—recount their first visits to China, recalling their initial observations and impressions. Most first traveled to China when it was still closed to the world, or was just beginning to open. Their subsequent opinions, writings and policies have shaped the Western relationship with China for more than a generation.