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  • John Paton Davies, Jr. (1909 - 1999)
    John Paton Davies Jr. was an American diplomat and Medal of Freedom recipient. He was one of the China Hands, whose careers in the Foreign Service were destroyed by McCarthyism and the reaction to the ...
  • John King Fairbank (1907 - 1991)
    John King Fairbank (Chinese: 費正清; pinyin: Fèi Zhèngqīng; 24 May 1907 – 14 September 1991), was a prominent American academic and historian of China. Education and early career Fairbank was bo...
  • Owen Lattimore (1900 - 1989)
    Owen Lattimore was an American author, educator, and influential scholar of Central Asia, especially Mongolia. In the 1930s, he was editor of Pacific Affairs, a journal published by the Institute of Pa...
  • John S. Service (1909 - 1999)
    John Stewart Service (3 August 1909 - 3 February 1999) was an American diplomat who served in the Foreign Service in China prior to and during World War II. Considered one of the State Department's "...
  • Edgar Snow (1905 - 1972)
    Edgar Parks Snow was an American journalist known for his books and articles on Communism in China and the Chinese Communist revolution. He was the first Western journalist to give a full account of th...

China Hands

The term China Hand originally referred to 19th-century merchants in the treaty ports of China, but came to be used for anyone with expert knowledge of the language, culture, and people of China. In 1940s America, the term "China Hands" came to refer to a group of American diplomats, journalists, and soldiers who were known for their knowledge of China and influence on American policy before, during, and after World War II.

Recognized China Hands