China Club of Seattle

The China Club of Seattle, founded in 1916 by Judge Thomas Burke, was an advocate for American investment in China and the development of Seattle's trade with Asia, as well as a cultural and political organization. The China Club's economic goals included the expansion and renovation of Seattle's port, the development of Chinese infrastructure, and the creation of connections between American businesses and contacts within China. These efforts were ultimately intended to provide American businesses with access to and domination over Chinese markets. Its cultural programs, focused in higher education, were largely connected to its economic programs. The Club's political advocacy originally focused on the creation of legislation regulating and prohibiting the use and sale of opiates. During World War II, it would become involved in anti-Japanese protests, and It became an advocate for support of Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War.


The China Club of Seattle, founded in 1916 by Judge Thomas Burke, was an advocate for American investment in China and the development of Seattle's trade with Asia, as well as a cultural and political organization. The China Club's economic goals included the expansion and renovation of Seattle's port, the development of Chinese infrastructure, and the creation of connections between American businesses and contacts within China. These efforts were ultimately intended to provide American businesses with access to and domination over Chinese markets. Its cultural programs, focused in higher education, were largely connected to its economic programs. The Club's political advocacy originally focused on the creation of legislation regulating and prohibiting the use and sale of opiates. During World War II, it would become involved in anti-Japanese protests, and It became an advocate for support of Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War.
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