Western Journalists on Japan, China and Greater East Asia, 1897-1956, which is to be published in four series of ten volumes each, offers a significant collection of journalistic memoir and journalism relating to East Asia, Japan's brief empire in South-East Asia, civil war and communist unification in China and the Cold War in East Asia. With a Foreword by Waseda University's Tsuchiya Reiko and a General Introduction by Series Editor Peter O'Connor, each series contextualises dispatches to Western newspapers and highlights on-the-spot reports and memoirs from Anglophone Western and Asian journalists based in East and South-East Asia and writing for locally-published English-language newspapers. Series 1: Japan 1897-1942 opens with a forthright article by Robert Young of the Japan Chronicle and closes with the premature triumphalism of The Setting Sun of Japan (1942), by Carl Landau and Leane Zugsmith. The collection comprises a total of sixteen texts, of which thirteen are full-length works, totalling in all 4100 pages.
Peter O'Connor, Ph.D. (London) and Professor, Musashino University, Tokyo, has published papers and edited collections on the international media history of East Asia. His highly-regarded monograph, The English-language Press Networks of East Asia, 1918-1945 was published by Global Oriental in 2011.