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Shen Teh Yew


1919 CEM Reunion, LaFargue Collection


Pinyin & Chinese characters Shen Deyao  沈德耀
Variant Spellings & Other Names

C. Tak Yaou
Ching Tak Yaw
Shin Teh Yew

Other Chinese Names 沈祖勋

Detachment 4

LaFargue No. 112

Date of Birth 1862
Place of Birth Ciqi, Zhejiang Province

Age at Departure for U.S. 14 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death  
Place of Death Shanghai
Place(s) of residence in U.S. Hebron, CT1

American Host Family/ies

Charles and Charlotte Phelps1

School(s), with dates

Notable activities/ awards in school

College/University, with dates

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China Shen was expelled in April 1878 for fighting with a neighbour of his host family. Back in China, he was sent to the newly-opened Kaiping Mining Co. to interpret for the British engineers who had been hired to direct the initial excavations.2 He was the first CEM returnee to work at Kaiping Mines.
Later Positions 1884 Shen went home to be with his dying father and never returned to Kaiping Mines.  In 1885, from Shanghai, he wrote to Mrs. Phelps that he was umemployed and looking for a position as an "English writer" in a consulate or a large firm.  Nothing further is known about his later career.3
Employment sector(s) Government: Interpretor; unknown thereafter
Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name  
Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students The elder brother of Shen Teh Fai (Shen Dehui 沈德辉, IV, 113)

Children's Names



Notes and Sources

1. Shen and his bother had originally been assigned to stay with Miss H. G. Atwell of Pleasant Valley, CT, but were later reassigned to the Phelps family. Data courtesy of Edward Rhoads. Cf. also Boundless Learning, 48, item 28.

2.  See Rhoads (2011), p. 199, and fn50 on p. 272.  Shen's 2 letters (Sept. 1878 from Kaiping, Mar. 1882 from Chow Cha Tung) to Mrs. C.L. Phelps are kept in the Phelps Family Papers in Hebron, Connecticut.

3.  See Rhoads (2011), p. 203, and fn55 on p. 273.