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  • Colonel David D. Barrett (1892 - 1977)
    Photo: Colonel Barrett with Mao ZedongDean Barrett (August 6, 1892 – February 3, 1977) was an American soldier, a diplomat, and an old Army China hand. Barrett served more than 35 years in the U.S. Arm...
  • Theodore Harold White (1915 - 1986)
    Theodore H. White, Author, Dead at 71 May 16, 1986Theodore H. White, the owl-faced, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian who dramatically changed the look of American political reporting wit...
  • Helen Foster Snow (1907 - 1997)
    Helen Foster Snow was an American journalist who reported from China in the 1930s under the name Nym Wales on the developing Chinese Civil War, the Korean independence movement and the Second Sino-Japa...
  • John F. Melby (1913 - 1992)
    Fremont Melby (July 1, 1913 – December 18, 1992) was a United States diplomat, who served in Russia from 1943 to 1945 and in China from 1945 to 1948. He held other positions with the Department of Stat...
  • 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