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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 or a Chinophile is a person who demonstrates a strong interest and love for Chinese culture or its people.[1] 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[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 oil and hydroelectricity, and infrastructure




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


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



  • Johan Galtung, 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]

  • David D. Barrett, military officer and commander of the Dixie Mission who received a comparatively lenient form of treatment for being a "China Hand"
  • Chloe Bennet, actress and singer. Note that Chloe Bennet nee Wang, is American born and half Han Chinese making it questionable that she can be called a Sinophile. One would need to restrict Sinophelia purely to nationality in order to do so.
  • Pearl S. Buck (t賽珍珠 s赛珍珠), writer and novelist
  • Anson Burlingame, lawyer, legislator and diplomat; appointed in 1861 to be the United States minister in China
  • Jerome A. Cohen, professor of law at New York University School of Law; expert in Chinese law; advisor to Republic of China President Ma Ying-jiu
  • 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 US
  • Ai Hua, television personality, frequent guest on programs on China Central Television
  • R. L. Kuhn, corporate strategist, investment banker, and intellectual; situated in the pro-China segment of the intellectual community; closely knows many Chinese political leaders
  • Owen Lattimore, author, educator, and scholar; 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
  • Homer Lea, military advisory and general in the army of Sun Yat-sen during the Boxer Rebellion
  • Huey Newton, 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, poet who integrated many aspects of Chinese poetry into his writing, and especially advocated for Confucianism[5][6]
  • Paul Robeson, baritone singer; film and stage actor; peace and civil rights activist; All-American football athlete; was fluent in Chinese, and compared the struggle of the Chinese to that of the black people in the United States
  • John S. Service, diplomat and "China Hand"; born in Chengdu; was persecuted by McCarthyism due to his pro-China views, which also included sympathies with Chinese socialism
  • Cordwainer Smith, godson of Sun Yat-sen
  • Edgar Snow, journalist; among the first Westerners to interview Mao Zedong and report on the Long March
  • Wallace Stevens, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century
  • Anna Louise Strong, journalist and peace activist who lived in China
  • Quentin Tarantino, director; fan of martial arts films, and the Shaw Brothers' films in particular
  • Theodore H. White, political journalist; was a war reporter in China
  • Wu-Tang Clan, rap group from New York; their songs contain many Chinese cultural themes
  • Andrew Zimmern, television personality, chef, and adventure traveler
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook; an avid Chinese learner


  • Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelaian President whose foreign policies include socioeconomic cooperation with the People's Republic of China with regards to finance and industry, trade and resource development of oil and hydroelectricity, and infrastructure; personally has very positive views about China's influence and culture.


South Korea[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sinophile". The Free Dictionary.
  2. ^ Liukkonen, Petri. "Sinophile". Books and Writers ( Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b Alexander Lukin (2003). The Bear Watches the Dragon: Russia's Perceptions of China and the Evolution of Russian-Chinese Relations Since the Eighteenth Century. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 314–. ISBN 978-0-7656-1026-3.
  4. ^ Winchester, Simon. (2008). The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-088459-8
  5. ^ Roth, Harold David; Graham, Angus Charles (1 January 2003). A Companion to Angus C. Graham's Chuang Tzu: The Inner Chapters. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824826437.
  6. ^ Xie, Ming (1 January 1999). Ezra Pound and the Appropriation of Chinese Poetry: Cathay, Translation, and Imagism. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780815326236.
  7. ^ Wang, Xiaoqiu, ed. (2000). 戊戌维新与近代中国的改革: 戊戌维新一百周年国际学朮讨论会论文集. 社会科学文献出版社. p. 321. ISBN 9787801492289.