The First Chinese Students
The first three students from China—Pan Wen Ping, Pan Wen Huen, and Kwong Yih Kum—enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1914. They attended the St. John’s University in Shanghai and Tsinghua College in Beijing in China. Pan Wen Huen earned a bachelor of science degrees in chemistry in 1918 and metallurgical engineering in 1919. He settled in northern Minnesota after graduating and worked for a mining company for 40 years, retiring in 1959. Kwong graduated in 1918 with a bachelor of science in mining and returned to China.
Student Organizations Build Community
The first three Chinese students, along with others, established the Chinese Students’ Club in 1915. By then, the University was home to more students from China and the club was able to recruit 14 members to join. The student organizations for Chinese students or those interested in topics related to China.