A. Tom Grunfeld

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Tom Grunfeld

PhD
Born
Adalbert Tomasz Grunfeld

1946
NationalityAmerican
Academic work
DisciplineModern History
Sub-disciplineEast Asia (China, Tibet)

A. Tom Grunfeld AKA Tom Grunfeld (born 1946) is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at Empire State College of the State University of New York, who specializes in the modern history of East Asia, particularly of China and Tibet.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Grunfeld received his BA from the State University of New York at Old Westbury (1972), MA in Chinese history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (1973), and PhD from New York University (1985).[2][1]

Career[edit]

He is often asked to comment on current Chinese and Tibetan affairs for the BBC and CNN International.[1][3] The discussion is politicized. Those opposing Chinese entrance into Tibet, writes T. Neuhaus, sometimes emphasized "deeper" knowledge rather than fact gathering, and accused Grunfeld and Melvyn Goldstein saying that "they should know better" than to criticize pre-1950s Tibet for being a feudal society.[4]

John Powers writes that Chinese and Tibetan writers attack each other in emotional language, and that the two sides "stake out extreme and uncompromising positions." Tibetan authors impugn Grunfeld's integrity and his authority to write. Powers classifies Grunfeld and Israel Epstein among those who "enthusiastically endorse the Chinese version of events and use much the same language as do Chinese writers to describe conditions in Tibet prior to the 1950s." Grunfeld, continues Powers, paints a picture of a "brutal, exploitative, and primitive society," one that was stratified into a nobility living in opulence while the majority of the people were serfs and slaves.[5]

Grunfeld has been a member of the US–China Peoples Friendship Association and a staff member and contributor to its journal New China, as well as a member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars and contributor to its publication, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars (now Critical Asian Studies). According to Jamyang Norbu, he speaks neither Chinese nor Tibetan, and used neither Tibetan nor Chinese sources in his book.[6]

Regarding American journalist Edgar Snow (1905–1972), Grunfeld has concluded that he was not a Communist Party member, although he was sympathetic:

Having read through several decades (1920s-1960s) of Snow's diaries, countless pages of correspondence, his FBI file, two biographies, at least one MA thesis and countless articles leads me to believe he was not a member of the CPUSA... That he was sympathetic to some of their ideas and activities is, to my mind, beyond doubt.[7]

Awards[edit]

Grunfeld has received numerous awards funding travel and research from institutions including the National Endowment for the Humanities (1984), the Research Foundation of City University of New York (1985), the State University of New York, and the Ford Foundation (1993). He has also been a Fulbright Senior Scholar (2009).[1][2]

Works[edit]

Grunfeld wrote his doctoral dissertation on "Friends of the Revolution: American Supporters of China's Communists, 1926–1939" (New York: University Microfilms International: 1985).[8]

Books: Books written, edited, or co-written or co-edited include:

  • The Making of Modern Tibet (1987,[9] 1996, 2015[10])
  • On Her Own: Journalistic Adventures from the San Francisco Earthquake to the Chinese Revolution, 1917-1927 (1993, 2017)[11]
  • World Civilizations: Sources, Images and Interpretations, Volume 1 (1998, 2001, 2005)[12]
  • World Civilizations: Sources, Images and Interpretations, Volume 2 (1998, 2001, 2005)[13]
  • The Vietnam War: A History in Documents (2002, 2003)[14]

Articles: Articles published include:

  • "Roof of the World / A Review Essay" Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars (1977)[15]
  • "'God We Had Fun': The CIA in China and Sino-American Relations," Critical Asian Studies (2003)[16]
  • "Reassessing Tibet Policy" Institute for Policy Studies (2005)[17]
  • "Film Reviews: Round Eyes in the Middle Kingdom and They Chose China," Critical Asian Studies (2009)[18]
  • "Review: Foreigners and Foreign Institutions in Republican China," Journal of Contemporary Asia (2014)[19]
  • Grunfeld, A. Tom (1997). "Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows". Humanities & Social Sciences Online.
  • "Tibet and the United States," Contemporary Tibet: Politics, Development and Society in a Disputed Region (2017)[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tom Grunfeld". Empire State College. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Manhattan Faculty Profiles". Empire State College. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  3. ^ Sherman et al. 2001
  4. ^ Neuhaus (2012), p. 229.
  5. ^ Powers (2004), p. online.
  6. ^ Jamyang Norbu. "ACME OF OBSCENITY". www.phayul.com.
  7. ^ "Edgar Snow & CPUSA". H-NET H-HOAC Discussion. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^ Grunfeld, Adalbert T. (1985). Friends of the Revolution: American Supporters of China's Communists, 1926–1939. New York University. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (1987). The Making of Modern Tibet. Zed Books. ISBN 9780873324151. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  10. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (24 February 2015). The Making of Modern Tibet. Routledge. ISBN 9781317455837. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  11. ^ Bennett, Milly (22 July 2016). Grunfeld, A. Tom, ed. On Her Own: Journalistic Adventures from the San Francisco Earthquake to the Chinese Revolution, 1917-1927. M.E. Sharpe. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  12. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom; Sherman, Dennis; Rosner, David (2005). World Civilizations: Sources, Images and Interpretations, Volume 1. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780072418163. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  13. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom; Sherman, Dennis; Rosner, David (2005). World Civilizations: Sources, Images and Interpretations, Volume 2. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780073133386. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  14. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom; Young, Marilyn Blatt; Fitzgerald, John J. (2003). On Her Own: Journalistic Adventures from the San Francisco Earthquake to the Chinese Revolution, 1917-1927. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 9780195166354. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  15. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (1977). "Roof of the World / A Review Essay" (PDF). Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  16. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (2003). "'God We Had Fun': The CIA in China and Sino-American Relations". Critical Asian Studies. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  17. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (2003). "Reassessing Tibet Policy". Institute for Policy Studies. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  18. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (2009). "Film Reviews: Round Eyes in the Middle Kingdom and They Chose China". Critical Asian Studies. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  19. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (4 November 2014). "Review: Foreigners and Foreign Institutions in Republican China". Journal of Contemporary Asia. 45 (3): 556–559. doi:10.1080/00472336.2014.976922.
  20. ^ Grunfeld, A. Tom (2 March 2017). "Tibet and the United States". In Sautman, Barry; Teufel Dreyer, June. Contemporary Tibet: Politics, Development and Society in a Disputed Region. Routledge. p. 368.

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