January 1, 1909
Education was the original mission of the Yale-China Association at its founding in 1901, and that tradition continues to this day through a variety of programs. The most well-known of these programs is the English Teaching Fellowship, through which hundreds of Yale graduates since 1909 have taken on two-year teaching appointments in China. Over the decades, we have continually updated our programs to adapt to changing conditions in China and in the United States, but at its core our work has always remained true to the values of service, learning, and understanding.
January 1, 1921
The Rockefeller Foundation began searching for philanthropic projects in China during the 1910s, and in 1915 it donated a large sum to found this institution. Conceived of as a joint U.S.-Chinese project, the PUMC trained nurses and doctors to serve as the core of a modern medical profession in China.
November 12, 1921
The Washington Conferences of 1921-22 focused on settling a number of issues relating to East Asia.
January 1, 1925
The United States decided to remit all of China’s remaining payments on the Boxer Indemnity, and redirected those funds to establish the China Foundation.
January 1, 1928
The United States became the first nation to recognize the new Nationalist regime as the legitimate Government of China when Secretary of State Frank Kellogg signed an agreement granting China full tariff autonomy.
January 1, 1938
After the outbreak of war in China, U.S. popular and governmental support for China increased dramatically. Although not yet ready to go to war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the advice of his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, and then Adviser on Political Relations at the Department of State Stanley Hornbeck and extended a $25 million credit to the Nationalist regime so that it could purchase necessary supplies.
January 1, 1938
To help the Chinese produce materials for their fight against Japan, U.S. authors and journalists Helen Foster Snow and Edgar Snow joined with a few other foreigners to create Industrial Cooperatives (Indusco)—small factories that could be established anywhere with very little money.
February 18, 1943
Jiang’s wife, Song Meiling, a graduate of Wellesley College, came to the United States to rally greater support for China’s war effort. She spoke to Congress and generally made a good impression on the U.S. public, and succeeded in gaining more aid.
December 1, 1943
In November and December of 1943, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss the progress of the war against Japan and the future of Asia.
January 1, 1944
In 1944 President Roosevelt asked Vice President Wallace to make an ambitious and dangerous trip to China and the Soviet Union. FDR asked him to foster greater cooperation between Chiang Kai-shek and the Communist forces in China and to prod the Nationalists into stepping up their campaign against the Japanese.