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Charles Taylor describes life in 1960s China

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What's life like in the Communist China of the 1960s? As the Globe and Mail's Far East correspondent and the only North American reporting from there, Charles Taylor has a few answers. He's written a book, Reporter in Red China, based on his recent experiences. In this 1966 clip, Taylor conducts a Q&A session with a group of young adults on the CBC Television program Through the Eyes of Tomorrow. The discussion ranges from the Chinese people to changing western views of communist China, the war in Vietnam, and the possibility of nuclear war.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: June 19, 1966
Program: Through the Eyes of Tomorrow
Host: Paul Saltzman
Guest: Charles Taylor
Duration: 11:07

Did You know?


• Charles P.B. Taylor was born in 1935 and died on July 8, 1997 at the age of 62.

• Taylor became a reporter with the Globe and Mail in 1962, was soon made Far East correspondent, and in 1964 began an 18-month stay in Beijing. After he returned to Canada, he wrote Reporter in Red China, a book described by Globe and Mail reviewer E.B. Jolliffe as "a book about the Chinese people rather than about China."

• Taylor wrote three other non-fiction books: Six Journeys: A Canadian Pattern, Radical Tories: The Conservative Tradition in Canada, and Snow Job: Canada, the United States and Vietnam 1954-73.

• Taylor was the son of renowned horse breeder E.P. Taylor, and took over the running of his father's business, Windfields Farm, during the 1980s. He himself gained renown as a breeder and was eventually inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

• In 2000, his widow Noreen Taylor established the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (now the RBC Taylor Prize). Winners include Richard Gwyn for Sir John A., the Man Who Made Us.


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