We believe there is no more important global relationship in the 21st Century than that between the United States and China.

For more than 40 years, the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation has worked to enhance this vital relationship by increasing understanding and friendship between the citizens of these two great nations in the spirit and memory of Kansas City-born journalist Edgar Snow.

Our programs are designed to inform and engage not just seasoned “China Hands,” but any globally concerned citizen. Whether you seek to know more about China, the Chinese culture, Edgar Snow’s life and work, international journalism, East Asian studies, the lead-up to WWII, the origins of the Chinese Communist Party, McCarthyism or a host of related topics, we invite you to explore what the ESMF has to offer.


The image above appears courtesy of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art: You Qiu, Chinese, act. 1540-1590, Elegant Gathering in a Garden, 16th century, Handscroll; ink on paper, Image: 9 7/8 inches x 25 feet 3 1/4 inches (25.08 x 770.26 cm), Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 50-23