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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a 17th–18th century German polymath who made significant contributions in many areas of physics, logic, history, librarianship, and studied numerous aspects of Chinese culture

A Sinophile (from sino- meaning "Chinese" [originating through Persian and Sanskrit from Late Latin Sinæ] and -philos meaning "loving" [from Greek ϕίλος])[1] is a person who demonstrates a strong interest and love for Chinese culture or its people.[2] It is also commonly used to describe those knowledgeable of Chinese history and culture (such as scholars and students), non-native Chinese language speakers, pro-Chinese politicians, and people perceived as having a strong interest in any of the above.

Typical interests of Sinophiles[edit]







  • Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian President and economist whose foreign policies include socioeconomic cooperation with the People's Republic of China with regards to finance and industry, trade and resource development of both oil and hydroelectricity, and infrastructure.



  • Des Bishop, an Irish-American comedian who spent a year in China learning Chinese and performing comedy in both Chinese and English.


  • Marco Polo (馬可·波羅), Venetian merchant and traveler; wrote about his travels in Yuan China and became an imperial official.
  • Matteo Ricci (利瑪竇 or 利玛窦), Jesuit priest who spent decades in the imperial court of the Ming.



  • Johan Galtung, a mathematician, sociologist, and the founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies, who praised Chinese rewriting of concepts of an "open society" and "democracy" as well as China's flexibility with diplomacy.




  • Liam Bates, performer, television host and adventurer.

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

  • Pearl S. Buck ( 賽珍珠 or 赛珍珠), American writer and novelist.
  • Andrew Zimmern, an American television personality, chef, and adventure traveler
  • Ai Hua, an American television personality and a frequent guest on programs on China Central Television.
  • Anna Louise Strong, an American journalist and peace activist who lived in China
  • Theodore H. White, a political journalist who was a war reporter in China.
  • Owen Lattimore, an American author, educator, and scholar who served as an adviser, but later a critic, of Chiang Kai-shek, and a proponent to what some consider a precursor of China's cultural and legislative autonomy policies with autonomous regions in the People's Republic of China.
  • John S. Service, an American diplomat and "China Hand" who was born in Chengdu. He was persecuted by McCarthyism due to his pro-China views that also included sympathies with Chinese socialism.
  • John Paton Davies, Jr., one of the major proponents and facilitators of the Dixie Mission, a program that was formed to establish an anti-fascist alliance between the People's Liberation Army and the United States.
  • David D. Barrett, a military officer and commander of the Dixie Mission who received a comparatively lenient form of treatment for being a "China Hand."
  • Anson Burlingame, American lawyer, legislator and diplomat who was appointed in 1861 to be the United States minister in China.
  • Edgar Snow, an American journalist who was among the first Westerners to interview Mao Zedong and report on the Long March
  • Jerome A. Cohen, a professor of law at New York University School of Law, expert in Chinese law and advisor to Republic of China President Ma Ying-jiu.
  • Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook who is an avid Chinese learner
  • R.L. Kuhn, an American corporate strategist, investment banker, and intellectual who is a notably situated in the pro-China segment of the intellectual community. He closely knows many Chinese political leaders.
  • Homer Lea, was military advisory and general in the army of Sun Yat-sen during Boxer Rebellion
  • Cordwainer Smith, Godson of Sun Yat-sen.
  • Chloe Bennet, actress and singer
  • Paul Robeson, an American baritone singer, actor of film and stage, peace and civil rights activist, and All-American football athlete who temporarily resided in China, was fluent in Chinese, and compared the struggle of the Chinese to Black people in the United States.
  • Quentin Tarantino, American director, fan of martial arts films, and the Shaw Brothers films in particular
  • Wallace Stevens, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.
  • Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group from New York. There are many Chinese cultural themes within their songs.
  • Huey Newton, an African-American social activist who was deeply influenced by Maoism and described his time in China as a "psychological liberation" praising Chinese contemporary society throughout his works.
  • Ezra Pound, an American poet who integrated many aspects of Chinese poetry into his writing, and especially advocated for Confucianism.[7][8]

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