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A Sinophile or a Chinophile is a person who demonstrates a strong interest and love for Chinese culture or its people. 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.
- 1 Typical interests
- 2 Sinophiles
- 2.1 Albania
- 2.2 Australia
- 2.3 Austria
- 2.4 Brazil
- 2.5 Cambodia
- 2.6 Canada
- 2.7 Ecuador
- 2.8 France
- 2.9 Germany
- 2.10 India
- 2.11 Ireland
- 2.12 Italy
- 2.13 Japan
- 2.14 Korea
- 2.15 Libya
- 2.16 Netherlands
- 2.17 New Zealand
- 2.18 Norway
- 2.19 Russia
- 2.20 Serbia
- 2.21 Spain
- 2.22 Sweden
- 2.23 Switzerland
- 2.24 Thailand
- 2.25 Tibet
- 2.26 Turkey
- 2.27 United Kingdom
- 2.28 United States
- 2.29 Venezuela
- 2.30 Vietnam
- 2.31 Zimbabwe
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- Chinese culture
- Chinese cuisine
- Chinese architecture
- Varieties of Chinese (typically Mandarin or Cantonese)
- Chinese calligraphy and artwork
- Chinese astrology or horoscopes
- Ancient art of feng shui
- History of China
- Chan Buddhism
- Chinese philosophy – Confucianism
- Martial arts, such as variants of kung fu
- Politics of China, the Communist Party of China, the Kuomintang, socialism with Chinese characteristics, Maoism, Dengism, Three Principles of the People, one country, two systems, the Mass Line, politics of Taiwan
- Traditional cultural Han Chinese clothing (Hanfu), and Manchu-influenced Chinese clothing (qipao)
- Chinese tea culture
- Chinese wine culture and baijiu
- The Chinese arts, encompassing poetry, literature, music, and cinema, as well as Chinese traditional forms of theatrical entertainment such as xiangsheng and operas
- Enver Hoxha, leader of the communist Albanian Party of Labor; considered the People's Republic of China to be Albania's primary ally
- Colin Mackerras, Australian sinologist and expert in the fields of Peking opera and Chinese national minorities
- Edwin Maher, New Zealand-born Australian journalist; begins and signs off anchoring on CCTV-9 with "Ni Hao" and "Zai Jian"; he has received criticism from the West for being an anchor with Chinese Central Television.
- Kevin Rudd, the 26th Prime Minister of Australia (2007–2010, 2013); majored in Chinese language and history
- Michael Prochazka, Austrian sinologist
- Pepe Escobar, roving correspondent for the Asia Times; covers US foreign policy, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Asian, and especially Chinese affairs
- Paulo Freire, Brazilian Marxist educator and philosopher; praised progressive aspects in Chinese education during the Cultural Revolution
- Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodian king who sought refuge in China
- Dr. Norman Bethune (白求恩), Canadian physician and surgeon who trained the medics of the Eighth Route Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
- Morris Cohen, Jewish-Canadian soldier and adventurer; aide-de-camp to the Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen
- Mark Roswell (大山), Ottawa native; currently a CCTV personality and celebrity in China
- Jean Chrétien, Canadian politician and the 20th Prime Minister of Canada. Was known to be a Sinophile and an admirer of the People's Republic of China.
- 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
- Voltaire, French philosopher
- François Quesnay, French economist
- Guillaume Jacques, French sinologist
- Michel Soymié, French sinologist
- Max Bauer, military adviser and commander within Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang administration; buried in China
- Adam Schall von Bell (湯若望), German Jesuit and astronomer; spent most of his life as a missionary in China and became an adviser to the Shunzhi Emperor of the Qing dynasty
- Alexander von Falkenhausen, military adviser and personal friend to Chiang Kai-shek
- Martin Heidegger, attempted to translate the Dao De Jing with Paul Hsiao; may have been more deeply influenced by Daoist thought
- Britta Heidemann, German Olympic champion fencer, studied Asia studies and is fluent in Chinese
- Berthold Laufer, German sinologist
- Gottfried Leibniz, German polymath who was fascinated with Confucius and the I Ching
- John Rabe, German Nazi Party member who saved thousands of Chinese civilians during the Second Sino-Japanese War
- Hans von Seeckt, German military officer who served as Chiang Kai-shek's military advisers during the Chinese Civil War
- Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; numerous visits to China both officially and in private, wrote several books about China; befriended former Premier of the PRC Zhu Rongji and ethnic-Chinese Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew
- Richard Wilhelm, German sinologist who was known for translating the I Ching, The Secret of the Golden Flower, and other ancient Chinese works
- Dwarkanath Kotnis, Indian doctor dispatched to China during the Second Sino-Japanese War
- Yukteshwar Kumar, Indian sinologist
- Des Bishop, Irish-American comedian; spent a year in China learning Chinese and performing comedy in both Chinese and English
- Sean Hurley, Irish sinologist who worked with the British Customs Service in Shanghai
- 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
- Baku Yumemakura, Japanese science fiction and adventure writer.
- Naitō Torajirō, Japanese Historian.
- Konoe Atsumaro, Japanese politician, noble. Father of Konoe Fumimaro
- Date Junnosuke, Japanese noble, descendant of Date Masamune, Chinese warlord during 1930s-1940s. Naturalized as a Chinese.
- Morihiko Hiramatsu, Japanese politician and governor of Ōita Prefecture
- Tetsuji Morohashi, Japanese sinologist. Created the Dai Kan-Wa Jiten.
- Sanzō Nosaka, Japanese politician and one of the founding members of the Japanese Communist Party.
- Jun'ya Ota, more commonly known as ZUN. Japanese video game programmer who is known for the creation of Touhou Project which contains Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cultural themes.
- Saionji Kinkazu, Japanese noble, Chinese politician. Grandson of Saionji Kinmochi, actively participated in the cultural revolution.
- Banri Kaieda, Japanese politician, also a Classical Chinese poet.
- Shintarō Arakawa, Japanese linguist and Tangutologist
- No Yeung-Min, Korean diplomat and Politician. Ambassador to China. Also a Classical Chinese poet.
- Song Si-yeol (1607–1689)，Korean Confucian scholar.
- Yi Sun-sin, Korean admiral who fought during the Japanese invasions of Korea
- Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician; emulated some key aspects of Chairman Mao Zedong, as well as borrowing some of his ideology, such as the Three Worlds Theory; under his rule, Libya continued to have positive relations with China up to 2011, which marked the end of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
- J.J.L. Duyvendak, Dutch sinologist
- J. J. M. de Groot, Dutch sinologist
- Robert van Gulik, Dutch sinologist
- Hans van de Ven, Dutch sinologist
- Rewi Alley, political activist from New Zealand who was a member of the Communist Party of China
- 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
- Henry Henne, Norwegian sinologist
- Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists
- Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and inventor
- Faina Chiang Fang-liang, former First Lady of the Republic of China and wife of Chiang Ching-kuo
- Aleksandr Cherepanov, Soviet general who served in China as a military adviser to Chiang Kai-shek
- Vladimir Putin, Russian president
- Israel Epstein, Jewish journalist born in Warsaw (then under control of the Russian Empire) and member of the Communist Party of China.
- Nikolai Nevsky, Russian linguist who researched in Tangutology
- Yevgeny Kychanov, Russian sinologist
- Ksenia Kepping, Russian Tangutologist
- Aleksandar Vučić, Serbian president
- Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports administrator. Has a memorial dedicated to him in Tianjin.
- Juan González de Mendoza, Spanish sinologist
- Sirindhorn, Thai princess who studied Chinese
- Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan senior official who served as a Lieutenant General of the People's Liberation Army
- Pandatsang Rapga, Tibetan politician. Translated the Three Principles of the People into Tibetan, and founded the Tibet Improvement Party with the goal of modernisation and incorporation of Tibet into China.
- Thubten Choekyi Nyima, 9th Panchen Lama of Tibet
- 'Ali Akbar Khata'i, Turkish traveller and writer who travelled to China
- Sir David Akers-Jones (t鍾逸傑爵士 s钟逸杰爵士), former administrator of Hong Kong and advisor to the Chinese government
- Derek Bryan, British diplomat and sinologist
- Aurora Carlson, British television presenter
- Sir Cecil Clementi (金文泰), British colonial administrator and former Governor of Hong Kong
- Sir John Francis Davis (t戴維斯/爹核士), Sinologist, diplomat and former Governor of Hong Kong
- Herbert Giles, British diplomat and sinologist
- Ben Hedges
- Reginald Johnston, British diplomat who served as Commissioner of Weihaiwei and personal tutor to Puyi, the last Emperor of China
- Eric Liddell, Scottish rugby player; Olympic track and field athlete; missionary
- Robert Morrison (t馬禮遜/摩理臣), Scottish missionary
- Joseph Needham (t李約瑟 s李约瑟), British biochemist best known for his works on the history of Chinese science
- Daniel Newham, British performer working in China
- Andrew West (魏安), British sinologist and software developer
- David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn (衛奕信/魏德巍), British diplomat and former Governor of Hong Kong
- Sir Edward Youde (尤德), diplomat, sinologist and former Governor of Hong Kong
- Stephen Wootton Bushell, British sinologist
- 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
- Claire Lee Chennault, American military aviator who served in China during World War II and led the Flying Tigers.
- 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
- 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
- Albert Coady Wedemeyer, United States Army commander who served in China and was highly supportive of Chiang Kai-shek.
- 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.
- Gia Long, Emperor of Vietnam
- Minh Mạng, Emperor of Vietnam
- Nguyễn Thái Học, Vietnamese politician and founder of the Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng which was based on the Chinese Kuomintang.
- Hoàng Văn Hoan, Vietnamese politician from the Communist Party of Vietnam. Defected to China during the Sino-Vietnamese War.
- Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwean president
- Emmerson Mnangagwa, current Zimbabwean president, admirer of Deng Xiaoping's economic policies
- Taiwanese Wave
- List of sinologists
- Chinese nationalism
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