U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association

Documents, Magazines and Pamphlets from the 1970s

      The U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association was formed on a national basis in 1974, largely under the impetus of revolutionary-minded Americans who were enthusiastic about the Chinese Revolution and especially Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution which had recently occurred in China. (The earlier regional organization, the New York U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association began in August 1971, and other regional groups also started from around that time forward.)

      After Mao’s death, and during the following years as it gradually became more and more obvious that China was fast changing from a socialist country back into a capitalist one, the composition of the USCPFA qualitatively changed, and the tone of the political materials produced by it strongly shifted away from sympathy for world proletarian revolution and into apologetics for the new bourgeois regime in China. This is already apparent in some of the materials below from 1977-1979.

      From 1974 until 1979 the USCPFA published a magazine called New China, which featured articles on Chinese revolutionary politics as well as many on Chinese culture. Beginning in 1981 it began publishing a new magazine, U.S.-China Review which of course has had a very different political line.

      During the early more revolutionary-minded period, the USCPFA also issued a number of pamphlets on important political questions. We will try to gather together these pamphlets and the issues of New China and post them here.

      If you have access to other appropriate materials which can be scanned and posted here, please contact us at:


New China Magazine (1974-1979):

New York U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association (1971-1974):

American Friends of China in Europe:   [We have no further information about this group and its history.]