The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Gauss)
1085. In view of the memorandum forwarded under cover of Embassy’s despatch No. 2785, July 18,42 and also of recommendations of Chinese and Americans recently arrived here and cognizant of Chinese academic situation, the Department regards as desirable the increase from 2 to 6 of the number of American visiting professors, particularly in the humanities, to go to China under current funds. This would reduce original allocation of technical experts to 6 at $90,000, and increase visiting American professors to 6 at $73,800. (Department’s 1066, August 11, 8:00 p.m.43)
The Department is preparing to include as one of these professors a librarian whose appointment under the Department’s program was requested through the American Library Association by T. L. Yuan, [Page 1148]Chairman, Executive Board, Chinese Library Association. Please inform the Ministry of Education.
The Department requests that the Embassy transmit to the Department such invitations for the services of American professors as it has received or may receive from Chinese universities, compliance with which the Embassy would recommend. The Department believes that appointments in the following fields would be most suitable: American history, western political philosophy, economics, modern western literature, sociology, creative art.
On being apprised of formal invitations the Department will seek suitable candidates. It is expected that the visiting American professors would remain for 2 or 3 months at each Chinese institution. The Embassy’s further advice would be welcomed.