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Yung Wing
Yung Wing

Lithograph portrait of Yung Wing in 1854. Though not the first native-born Chinese to attend a college or university in the U.S., he was the first Chinese to earn a college degree: the A.B. degree from Yale College, conferred Thursday, 27 July 1854. Four months later he returned to China, “determined that the rising generation of China should enjoy the same educational advantages that I had enjoyed.” (p. 41 of his autobiography: Yung Wing (1909) )

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