He got into his career in the 1930s as a stringer (journalism) for Washington Post in the City of Shanghai, China. Mark Gayn also went on to write for Collier's and was arrested in the FBI raid on the offices of the Institute for Pacific Relations (IPR) Amerasia office in June 1945.
However, the charges were dropped shortly thereafter - the New York Times described him as "quickly vindicated in the courts." The State Department refused to admit his Hungarian-born wife to the United States, on the grounds of her alleged Communist sympathies, so he moved to Canada and continued his work as a foreign affairs correspondent.
He filed reports on North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung's repression and, as one of the first Western journalists admitted into China in the mid-1960s, he managed to criticize the country's Maoist regimentation.
While no known connection to the assassination of John F. Kennedy can be found, in his ebook entitled JFK Assassination Chronology, Playwright Ira David Wood 3rd thought enough of this journalist that he should be included in his work on JFK anyway.
During his life, Mark J. Gayn wrote four books - The Fight For The Pacific published in 1942, Journey From The East: An Autobiography published in 1944, Japan Diary published in 1948 and republished in 1989 and New Japan Diary which was published after his death in December 1981.
- Mark Gayn Dead at 72, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Dec. 28, 1981
- MARK J. GAYN, 72, JOURNALIST; SPECIALIST ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, The New York Times, Dec. 24, 1981
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