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Two-day Exhibition Traces a Century of Ties between Pomona College and China

The Pacific Basin Institute is sponsoring a special exhibition to celebrate Pomona College’s century-long relationship with China. “Bridging Claremont and China: 100 Years and Counting” will be on display April 10 and 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Smith Campus Center (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont) in Room 235.

Pomona’s first Chinese immigrant student, Fong Foo Sec (pictured), arrived on campus at the close of the 19th Century, and decades later was presented with an honorary doctor of laws by Pomona President James Blaisdell in 1922.

Organized by students Peter Chen, Vera Zhu and Walton Zhang, the exhibition showcases invaluable pictures and materials generously lent by the Honnold-Mudd Library. Highlights include:

  • Rare manuscripts from prominent modern Chinese intellectuals such as Hu Shih and Lin Yutang, obtained from the Honnold-Mudd Library's special collections
  • Materials about prominent early Chinese Pomona alumni, including Hansheng Chen (regarded as the "founder of social sciences of modern China.")
  • Images from Pomona's study abroad program in China in the 1980s
  • Other rare archival materials

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