University Libraries and Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation Welcome Visiting Snow Scholars

University Libraries and Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation Welcome the 21st and 22nd Visiting Snow Scholars: Zhang Hong (top) and Dr. Sun Hua (bottom).

This year the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation (ESMF) brings back the Edgar Snow Visiting Scholar program after an eight-year hiatus. The University Libraries is hosting the scholars this year in the LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives.  The Edgar Snow papers are housed in the University Archives. 

The 2016 scholars are Zhang Hong and Dr. Sun Hua.  Ms. Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate from Renmin University in Beijing who will be working with the Edgar Snow Archives housed in the Special Collections at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC.   Zhang Hong arrived in April and will be continuing through September on her work here as an Edgar Snow Scholar.  Sun Hua is a Ph.D., Professor, and Executive Dean at Yuanpei College at Peking University in Beijing. He is also the Deputy Director and Secretary-General for the China Center for Edgar Snow Studies. His stay runs from July 15-August 31. Both scholars are sponsored by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation (ESMF) and the Libraries.   They will be working with us to construct, narrate, and translate for an upcoming traveling exhibit marking the 80th anniversary of Edgar Snow’s landmark book, Red Star Over China, as well as other projects.

Edgar Snow, a native of Kansas City, is believed to be the first Western journalist to interview Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, and is best known for Red Star Over China (1937) an account of the Chinese Communist movement from its foundation until the late 1930s.  For more information about Edgar Snow and his papers in the University Archives, please visit