Mike Mansfield Interview, August 28, 1998


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield discusses the Cold War, Japanese trading issues, and the relationship between the U.S and Japan. Mansfield gives his opinion on the current issues with the Japanese auto industry, unemployment, and the tax system. He also goes into his frustrations with Washington during his time as ambassador, thinking that too much policy was directed from the capital and the role of the ambassador is undercut. Mansfield also talks about some of the different leaders and diplomats he met while he was ambassador and the impressions they made on him. This included diplomat Chou En Lai of China, Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam, and Sihanouk of Cambodia.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976; Ngo, Dinh Diem, 1901-1963; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Zhou, Enlai, 1898-1976; United States. Congress. Senate; Ambassadors—United States; Cold War; Diplomatic and consular services, Americans—Japan; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Presidents—United States; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Japan—Commerce—United States; Japan—Commercial policy; Japan—Foreign relations—United States; United States—Commerce—Japan; United States—Commercial policy; United States—Foreign relations—Japan; United States—Politics and government—20th century

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 391-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

66 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_003.mp3; OH_391_003.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, August 28, 1998