In 1921, after deciding that tsarist-era scholars lacked the appropriate political credentials, the Central Committee mandated the creation of a new All-Russian Scientific Association of Oriental Studies and a corresponding journal, Novyi Vostok (The New East), both to be headed by Mikhail Pavlovich Pavlovich (given name Mikhail Lazarevich Vel'tman).
One contributor to Novyi Vostok challenged the order to produce relevant work on political economy and maintained a regular section on literature.
(37) Most of his articles for Novyi Vostok targeted the works of Pierre Loti and Claude Farrere, the same authors who served as foils for Shub's screenplay.
In 1925, writers for Novyi Vostok joined a broad reevaluation of Soviet Eastern film.
Vel'tman, "Literaturnye otkliki: Vostok v nashei khudozhestvennoi literature," Novyi Vostok, no.
Vel'tman, "Literaturnye otkliki (kolonial'nyi byt i vydumka)," Novyi Vostok, nos.
Vel'tman, "Pravda i nepravda o Vostoke (vostochnye stsenarii), Novyi Vostok, nos.