Although I attended the 1987 world premiere of Nixon in China (and saw subsequent performances in 1988 and 1990), last month marked the first time I had seen Nixon in China in 22 years. A lot has happened in the interim.
Myth: Henry Kissinger was the first American official in China since 1949. Fact: On Kissinger's secret trip to China in July 1971, my dad conveniently made sure he was at the front of the Pakistani-piloted plane as it entered Chinese airspace. Some would say he ran to the front.