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May 13, 2022 On Campus
05/13/2022 7:00 PM 05/13/2022 8:30 PM America/New_York Andover The Vers(es) in Diversity: Chinese Students at Andover

CAMD Scholar

Frank Zhou ’22

When a modest volume with a bold title made its debut on U.S. bookshelves in September 1935, Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People catapulted the Chinese Harvard alumnus to unlikely prominence among a 1930s literary community dominated by Anglo-American bylines. In the effusive words of The New York Times’ front page, Lin’s incisive survey of Chinese society “burst like a shell over the Western world.”

If Lin’s prose electrified countless American literati, his identity—a U.S.-educated, prolific man of letters in both English and Chinese—etched the legacies of Chinese students in America into transnational history. One century later, Frank Zhou ’22 will explore the stories of Chinese students at Andover to probe the Academy’s heretofore untold engagement with this history of Sino-U.S. educational exchange. Andover Hill shaped the Chinese students into pious, patriotic ambassadors of cultural exchange. This project reclaims their stories to complicate the legacies of twentieth-century American Protestant cultural imperialism, Progressive-Era foreign policy, and Chinese Americans’ Exclusion-Era histories.

This project was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Phillips Academy Archives and Special Collections and Chinese Students at Andover project.

7 p.m. - Dessert Reception

7:30 p.m. - Presentation


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paige Roberts, Director, Archives and Special Collections

Kemper Auditorium

The Vers(es) in Diversity: Chinese Students at Andover

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Kemper Auditorium

CAMD Scholar

Frank Zhou ’22

When a modest volume with a bold title made its debut on U.S. bookshelves in September 1935, Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People catapulted the Chinese Harvard alumnus to unlikely prominence among a 1930s literary community dominated by Anglo-American bylines. In the effusive words of The New York Times’ front page, Lin’s incisive survey of Chinese society “burst like a shell over the Western world.”

If Lin’s prose electrified countless American literati, his identity—a U.S.-educated, prolific man of letters in both English and Chinese—etched the legacies of Chinese students in America into transnational history. One century later, Frank Zhou ’22 will explore the stories of Chinese students at Andover to probe the Academy’s heretofore untold engagement with this history of Sino-U.S. educational exchange. Andover Hill shaped the Chinese students into pious, patriotic ambassadors of cultural exchange. This project reclaims their stories to complicate the legacies of twentieth-century American Protestant cultural imperialism, Progressive-Era foreign policy, and Chinese Americans’ Exclusion-Era histories.

This project was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Phillips Academy Archives and Special Collections and Chinese Students at Andover project.

7 p.m. - Dessert Reception

7:30 p.m. - Presentation


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paige Roberts, Director, Archives and Special Collections

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