She held few government posts, yet she was a strong influence on the course of U.S.-Asian relations in the last half of the twentieth century. The Chinese-born wife of General Claire Chennault of World War II Flying Tigers fame, Anna Chennault was a leader in America's informal relations with East Asia from 1950 to 1990. Professor Catherine Forslund's book, Anna Chennault: Informal Diplomacy and Asian Relations examines Chennault's unique, multifaceted career as an exemplar of American informal diplomacy during the postDWorld War II era. A fascinating look at a woman before her time, this new book is an informative and engaging account of the complex nature of U.S.-Asian relations, diplomatic processes, and the role of women in foreign affairs.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chronology Chapter 4 Abbreviations Chapter 5 The Importance of Character Chapter 6 A Model of Influence Chapter 7 Young Republican Chapter 8 "October Surprise": The Rise of an Informal Diplomat Chapter 9 Mastering the Milieu: Socializing and Politics in Foreign Relations Chapter 10 The Business of Influence: Aviation Connections to Asia Chapter 11 A Personal Rapprochement: Working Both Sides of the Taiwan Strait Chapter 12 Conclusion Chapter 13 Bibliographical Essay Chapter 14 Index