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Johannean Who’s Who

St John’s University Biographical Sketches

With submissions from: Kein Gan, Jhn. George Shen, SJC Living Memory Committee
(2010-2011) & (2011-2013)

 [Submissions by Kein Gan, SJC Resident 2001-2002]

Original Chinese text: http://www.sjuaa.org/index.htm

David K. Jianchu Han

Dr. David Han has had a distinguished career in medicine as well as being active in Christian Ministerial Services. A science graduate of St John’s University, Shanghai in 1943, he took his M.D. at St John’s University Medical School in 1946, following which, he became the Resident Surgeon of St Luke’s Hospital, Shanghai from 1948 to 1949, over one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. He also found time to be Assistant Instructor in Clinical Surgery at his alma mater. A devoted Christian, Dr. Han studied Christian Ministry at the Theological Seminary, Shanghai from 1950 to 1953. He subsequently held ministerial services in China and Canada. As an amateur writer, he has written commentaries in the Chinese language on several books of the Bible. Dr. Han is currently in retirement and lives in Vancouver with his wife Sarah.

Lin Shun Chin 林淑瑾

Dr. Lin Shun Chin graduated with an M.D. from the Woman’s Christian Medical College, Shanghai in 1943, at that time, the sister school of St John’s University Medical School before they were merged in 1945. In Shanghai, her medical career started as an intern at Margaret Williamson Hospital prior to becoming progressively, the Resident, Chief Resident and Attending Physician of The Public Hospital for Children between 1943 and 1948. She then moved to Hong Kong where she was a Medical Officer with the Government between 1949 and 1959 after which, she went into private practice as a General Practitioner until 1989. In 1958, Dr. Lin was one of the two best examinees amongst several hundred doctors from China in a London examination. Now living in Vancouver, Dr. Lin is a Christian, humble and low-key. She loves hymns and classical music and is grateful for her continuing good health. Her late husband, Shui Sam Ng, graduated from Tsing-Hua University, Peking as a civil engineer in 1937. Her late eldest brother, Yang Tze Lin is also a graduate of St John’s University Medical School, in 1935.

Chih Hsu 徐智

Dr. Chih Hsu is a Shanghai native. Graduating medical school in St. John’s University in 1952 with her husband Johannean Dr. Alexander Hung-Chong Yu, she realized her childhood dream, which was “to become a doctor to save the poor.” She also attended Shanghai Second Medical College, also known as the Shanghai Second Medical University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of Medicine. She was a WHO fellow in Columbia University, New York from 1972 to1973. After the Cultural Revolution began, she joined her husband in Hong Kong. Her first internship was in radiology and she later became a renowned Cytopathologist who advanced medical practice in Asia. Dr. Chih Hsu and her husband Dr. Yu later moved to Vancouver, BC., after retirement.

Alexander Hung-Chong Yu 俞鴻滄

Dr. Alexander Hung-Chong Yu grew up in the suburban area of Shanghai and lived there until the Second Sino-Japanese War. He and his family then subsequently moved to the French concession area in Shanghai and stayed there until the end of the war. He is an alumnus of McTyeire Primary School and Nanyang Model Middle School, the latter being a traditional Chinese school, and later followed in his father’s footsteps by attending St. John’s University. He met his wife Johannean Dr. Chih Hsu in medical school and they earned their degrees in medicine together in 1952. Dr. Yu was an ENT surgeon. He left Shanghai for Hong Kong in 1962 and his wife Dr. Hsu joined him in 1967. They later moved to Vancouver, BC.

Shen Jiaqi 沈家麒

Dr. Shen Jiaqi has a distinguished career in both western and traditional Chinese medicine. He graduated with an M.D. from St John’s University Medical School, Shanghai in 1947. From 1947 to 1952, he was Resident of St Luke’s Hospital, Shanghai. He also assumed lecturing roles at his alma mater and the Shanghai Second Medical University and conducted traditional Chinese medicine classes between 1949 and 1963. He was Deputy Director of the Shanghai Hypertension Institute from 1959 to 1985 while at the time, a researcher and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. In 1997, he founded the St John’s Chinese Medicine Center in Toronto. Dr. Shen is able to integrate both western and Chinese medicine particularly in the areas of high blood pressure, hypertensive disease, gerontology, immunology and acupuncture. In 1983, on a visit to the Harvard Medical School, he studied mind-body effects using transcendental meditation similar to Qigong. In 1991, he helped to formulate by-laws for acupuncture in Vancouver and, in 1997 he advised the Toronto Ministry of Health in regard to the safety of Chinese herbs. Having received several awards for his work, he currently runs a clinic in Toronto.

Helena Kan 柯瑞賢

An alumna of St. John’s University, she graduated from the prestigious institution in 1945 with a Bachelor of Education degree. After earning her degree, Helena Kan travelled to Hong Kong and taught classes with students of mixed heritage at St. Joseph’s College and St. Paul’s School. She’s been married to her husband Raymond Kan for over 50 years.

Cao Xingkang 曹興康

Dr. Cao Xingkang received his M.D. from St John’s University Medical School in 1952 but his medical career blossomed in Shanghai where he spent time at the Kowchow Tropical Disease Hospital (1953-57), the Pulmonary Diseases Clinic (1957-87) and the Board of Pulmonary Diseases Specialists (1978-95). He also published several articles in the Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases and was honoured by the Ministry of Health PRC, for 30 years of public service in 1987. Dr. Cao is also an accomplished competition swimmer, specialising in the breaststroke. He has won scores of medals in Shanghai and the USA in various New York State, National and international championships. He was awarded the title of “Empire Top Ten Masters Swimmer” since 1999 to present, and is the recipient of the YWCA (New York) Master Swimming Team Scholarship since 1997. He currently lives in Torrance, California with his wife Reiko.

Chang Vung Ching (Emilie)

Dr. Chang Vung Ching graduated from St. John’s Medical School in 1947. She interned at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Shanghai and was also Resident there for a brief period before moving to the New Jersey Marlboro State Hospital as a psychiatrist in 1949, a position she held until 1960. From 1961 to 1974, she was psychiatrist at Menlo Park State Diagnostic Centre, after which, she practised at the Amboy General Hospital and Napa State Hospital until 1991. During her stint at Menlo Park, she was well known to the school systems where she introduced therapies that helped troubled kids. At Amboy General Hospital, she organised a new Community Mental Health Center and, at Napa, she was assigned to the therapeutic review committee. Emile is married to a surgeon and, among their younger generation, are several specialist doctors, a dentist, a nurse, three teachers and a lawyer.

Chen Xun 陳珣

After graduating from St. Johns University Medical School in 1950, Dr. Chen Xun spent her entire career in Shanghai. While at first involved in EENT, she soon moved to the area of gynaecology and obstetrics, first at St. Luke’s Hospital (up to 1959), then at Tian Shan Hospital (up to 1960) and later at Shanghai Changning District Maternity and Child Health Hospital (up to 1981). While at the latter, she did research on the use of vaginal contraceptive silicon ring containing methylpregnenolone for which she gained a Scientific Research Award. Dr. Chen still lives in Shanghai.

Chen Zong-Jun

After graduating from St. Johns University Medical School in 1951, Dr. Chen Zong-Jun interned at St Luke’s and St. Elizabeth Hospitals in the same city. He then moved to Nanjing where he became the Resident and Visiting Doctor, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, the PLA 454thHospital from 1951 to 1964. He then rose to become Deputy Chief Doctor and Deputy Head at the same hospital where he practised until 1987. Dr. Chen has published 15 articles on clinical medicine in journals. He was also awarded Certificate of Merit by the Chinese Air Force. Dr. Chen is married to a Johannean and they have a son and a daughter. They live in Nanjing.

Chu Da-You

Dr. Chu Da-You graduated from St. Johns University Medical School in 1952 after which, he was Resident in the Surgical Department of Bengbu No. 2 Hospital, Anhui from 1952 to 1954. Then followed a long stint as Visiting Doctor and Director of the Surgical and Orthopedic Departments of Bengbu No. 3 Hospital until 1972, following which he became Director of the Orthopedic Department and Vice-President of Bengbu No. 1 Hospital up till 1994. Next, he was appointed Orthopedic Specialist at the No. 1 Hospital, a post he still holds. Dr. Chu held several positions on the editorial boards of medical journals as well as high positions in a number of medical societies and institutes in Anhui Province. He has 108 original articles and 49 translations published in national or provincial medical journals from 1960 through to 2002. He has won several awards for his work including Advanced Worker of Anhui Province several times and Model Worker of Bengbu City twice.

Guo Fubang 過邦輔

Guo Fubang was born in 1919 in Wuxi, Jiangsu and was a Professor of Surgery at Shanghai Second Medical University. He graduated from St. John’s University with a medical degree in 1945 and graduated from Harvard University’s medical school in 1949. He held many positions in Shanghai, including Professor of Surgery at Second Medical University, the Vice Chair of Shanghai Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, and the Vice President of the Chinese Orthopaedic Association. In 1956, he advanced the rehabilitation techniques used to recover from Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) surgery. In 1963, his work led to the improvement of limb replantation surgery.

Hu Xiu Yuan Andrew Hu

Dr. Andrew Hu graduated with a B.S. from St. John’s University in 1942 and a M.D. from the University’s Medical School in 1945. His career commenced as Resident Surgeon of Fu Kang Hospital, Shao Xing, Zhejiang Province until 1947, after which he held the same position at Guang Ren Hospital, Jiangsu Province until 1948. Thereafter, the rest of his career resumed in Nanjing. He became Chief Resident of the Surgical Department of Gu Long Hospital from 1949 to 1951, then chief of OPD and Colleagues’ Clinic in the same hospital until 1954. A long stint then followed as Chief and Deputy Director in General, Nanjing Center for Disease Control and Prevention until 1985. After this, his responsibilities reduced to that of Technical Consultant of the Center until 1990. Dr. Hu also held the posts of Chief, National Prevention of Cockroach and Bed Bug Group from 1986-1989, Professor of Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology, Nanjing University, and Chairman of the Chinese Legionnaries Disease collaborative Study Group. He authored three books and received sixteen awards at city, provincial and national levels.

Huang Minxin 黄銘新

The late Dr. Huang Minxin graduated with an M.D. from St John’s University Medical school in 1934 and a D.Sc. (Med) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1939. He devoted his life to the practice and teaching of Internal Medicine. He was professor at the St. Johns University Medical School (1939-19520 and the Shanghai Second Medical College from 1952. He was Director of Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital (1941-1947), St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (1947-1954) and Ren Ji Hospital (1978-1985), all in Shanghai. Over the course of his distinguished sixty-year career, Dr. Huang held high positions in several Committees, Associations and Institutes connected clinical service, medical education and research, both in the city and countryside. During the Korean War, he volunteered for the army medical corps and won high commendation. He pioneered several innovative treatments, trained hundreds of students and mentored many postgraduate researchers. In addition, he found time to edit monumental works in medicine.

Lan Tse Tai

Dr Lan Tse Tai graduated from St. John’s University Medical School in 1952. He made the field of urology his life’s work, mainly in the north-east of China. From 1952 to 1965, he was Resident and Visiting Urologist at the First and Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical College; then from 1965 to 1980, he was Chief Surgeon and Director of Taeli County Hospital in Heilongjiang Province; next he became Chief Urologist and Vice Head of Department of Surgery, The Third Hospital, Harbin Medical University from 1980 to 1992. Dr Lan has written papers about the combined therapy of arterial chemotherapy together with surgical operation in the treatment of bladder cancer.

Li Chan-Hoo

The late Dr. Li Chan-Hoo graduated from St. John’s University Medical School in 1947. The record of his career spans only ten years. He was intern and Resident at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Shanghai for a brief period before interning at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, West Virginia from 1949 to 1950. From 1952 to 1957, he held the post of Resident of Pathology at Norfolk General Hospital and O’Connor Hospital. Dr. Li was a Member of the AMA College of American Pathology and Member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Otis S. Lee

The late Dr. Otis Lee held a B.S. (1935) and M.D.(1938) from St. John’s University. A few years after graduation, he moved to the USA where he became Resident in the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa in 1941. In 1942, he took an M.S. from the University of Iowa. During the Korean War, he was a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He subsequently entered private practice in ophthalmology in Tulsa where he was a beloved and respected eye doctor. Internationally known for his expertise in eye surgery, he was named one of Tulsa County Medical Society’s Doctors of the Year.

[Submissions by SJC Johannean Ambassador Denise Fong; Edited by George C. Shen]

Prof. Ernest Chu 朱孝穎

Prof. Chu graduated from St. John’s University in 1947. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Department of Human Genetics.

Dr. Pao-Kuo Feng (Mrs. Annie Chin) 馮國寶

Dr. Feng graduated from St. John’s University in 1948. She served as a Professor of Chemistry at New York University.

Dr. Robert C.F. Ho 何兆豐

In 1948, Dr. Robert C.F. Ho founded the Fairmont and Magsaysay group of companies. These affiliated companies and their subsidiaries are involved in ship owning, ship operations, ship management, manning, training and services built upon a global pool of human resources. Through the years, Fairmont and Magsaysay continue to build upon the foundations of experience with dedication to their commitment to excellence. Dr. Ho organized the First World Reunion of Johanneans in Hong Kong in 1988 when serving as President of SJUAA, Hong Kong. He was also the founder of St. John’s College at UBC.

Prof. Fred C. Hung 洪家俊

Professor, UH-Manoa Economics, 1960 – 1987. Fred C. Hung was born in Shanghai, China and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the St. John’s University, Shanghai, in 1947 at the head of his class. Fred retired from the University of Hawaii in 1987 at the age of 62, believing that productive younger members of the faculty would like to assume a larger role in Department governance. After his retirement, Fred was offered a visiting professorship at Anhui University, China, and the Directorship of the Institute of International Economics at the new National Chung Cheng University in Chia-Yi, Taiwan.

Prof. Y.C. Jao 饒餘慶

Honorary Professor and Honorary University Fellow in the School of Economics and Finance, University of Hong Kong. Prof. Jao graduated from St. John’s University, Shanghai, and pursued a Ph.D. degree in Economics at the University of Hong Kong. He served as the Chair of the Hong Kong Economic Association from 1995 to 1997.

Li Pai Lin

Pai Lin was born in Canton, China, in 1930. He received his education at St. John’s University in Shanghai and the University of Hong Kong. He then went to Glasgow to pursue professional training as a civil and structural engineer. He served as Chief Building Inspector for the City of Calgary during Calgary’s boom years. Later he formed his own building and structural engineering consulting practice.

Dr. George C. Shen 沈鑒治

Graduated from St. John’s University in 1949. Chief Editor Emeritus of the Hong Kong Economic Journal. Worked with Robert Ho to establish SJC at UBC.

Prof. Haigo Shen 沈祖海

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture Adjunct Professor Haigo T. H. Shen, Hon. FAIA, was a celebrated leader of the post-war architecture responsible for enhancing and modernizing Taiwan‘s strategic and commercial infrastructure. A renowned graduate of the highly regarded St. John University in Shanghai, which has since closed, Shen benefited from an early involvement with the US Aid Program, which provided assistance to Taiwan in the 1950s to redevelop its political, military, and general infrastructure following World War II.

Reginald and Annie Van 萬家麟, 曹文薇

Founders of Kelly International Corporation Ltd. Kelly Group was founded in 1965. It is a privately held business entity headquartered in Taiwan. The business started with decorative home accessory export trading under the name Kelly International Corporation. And today it has grown to a multinational group operating in 6 countries.

Charles C.C. Wong 王俊初

Charles Wong graduated from St. John’s University in 1942 and served as President of SJUAA/HK from 1994-5. He was one of the major supporter who founded SJC at UBC.

[Submissions by Aaron Tam, SJC Living Memory Committee 2010-2011]

Stanley Kwok 郭敦禮

Stanley Kwok was born in 1927 in Guangzhou. His father was also a graduate of St. John’s University. Stanley worked as an architect and studied in London before working for B.C. Place in Vancouver. Stanley also worked on the bid for the Expo Lands and the development of the Crystal Mall. Stanley is determined to keep the spirit of St. John’s and the history of the Johanneans alive.

Kwok Wai Hung 郭衛雄

Kwok Wai Hung, born in Zhongshan, China, attended St. John’s High School and University while under Communist control. In his final year, the school’s name was changed because the Communists objected to the word “Saint.” After graduating, he started a cosmetics factory in Shanghai, then worked in Hong Kong, and finally immigrated and retired in Canada.

David Hsiung 熊安仁

Born in 1915, David Hsiung spent his childhood travelling with his father, who was the dean of a special KMT officer training school. David went to St. John’s high school and university, where he dreamed of becoming an aeronautical engineer. David worked as an aeronautical engineer in both China and Vancouver, Canada. He had the opportunity to work on the Lend-Lease agreement between the United States and China in 1939.

Marjory Liu 劉邦瑞

Marjory Liu was born in Nanjing, where her father was a Chinese professor at Central University. Marjory went to school at St. Mary’s and St. John’s University during the Sino-Japanese war before leaving for for free China, then the United States. She was bilingual and of mixed English-Chinese heritage. “They were always puzzled as to who I was because I didn’t look Chinese and yet I was speaking Chinese.” [Courtesy Aaron Tam]

Larry Ma 馬慶昇

Larry Ma, born in 1925 in Shanghai, China, spent his childhood moving around China because of the war with the Japanese. He attended St. John’s University before living and working in Hong Kong and finally moving to Canada, where he started an accounting practice.

Harry Wong 王漢熙

Harry Wong, born in 1923, attended St. John’s College in Shanghai. His studies were interrupted by the war. After graduating in 1948, he helped develop the food industry in China: “I was the first one that put the frozen food factory in China, I was the first one to put the the instant noodle in China, everything, I was the first one.”

Steve Wu 胡思永

Steve Wu was born in Shanghai in 1930. Steve grew up during the Cultural Revolution and attended St. John’s University. After graduating, he taught American style architecture at Nanjing Technical College, which led to his arrest and exile to the countryside. His brother, who had ties to the Communist Party, helped Steve flee to Hong Kong. in 1990, Steve left for Canada.

[Submissions by Dawn Wong & team, SJC Living Memory Committee, 2011-2013]

Original Chinese text: http://www.sjuaa.org/index.htm

Lin Yutang 林語堂

Born in 1895 in Fujian, China, Lin Yutang is one of the most famous writers in modern China. His name at birth was Lin Hedong but he changed his name to Lin Yutang while he was studying in university. In 1916, he graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and became an English instructor at Qinghua University. In 1919, he attended Harvard University and later transferred to the University of Leipzig where he earned a PhD degree in Linguistics. In 1923, he travelled back to China and became a professor in Beijing University and later held positions in Beijing Women’s Normal University and Xiamen University. In spring of 1927, he travelled to Wuhan to become the Chinese Nationalist Party’s Foreign Affairs Secretary and also became the Foreign Language Editor at Academia Sinica. In 1952, he was the President of Nanyang University in Singapore. After his death in 1976 in Hong Kong, his family turned his symbolic white house with a blue roof in Taipei, Taiwan into what is now in known as the Dr. Lin Yutang Memorial Library. Much of his writings are political in nature and they often revolve around topics such as anti-feudalism and bravery during revolution. Ever the versatile writer, he has works in English and Chinese and has written novels, folklores, essays, and dictionaries.

Ding Guangxun 丁光訓

Ding Guangxun was born in September, 1915. His family originates from Shanghai. He received his Bachelor of Arts at St. John University Shanghai in 1937 and then received a degree in Theology in 1942. He was formerly a Vice President of the student association of Shanghai YMCA and was a priest at the Shanghai International Chapel and a student chapel in Shanghai. He was also a lecturer in the Department of English in Fudan University, Shanghai and was a lecturer in the Department of Religion in St. John’s University, Shanghai. He also became the Secretary of Canadian Christian student movement. He obtained his Master’s degree in Religious Education from Columbia University and the Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1948. During the same year, he went to Switzerland and became Secretary of World Student Christian Union. In 1950, he came back to China and held the positions of Director-General of Shanghai Literature Society, Dean of the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, Vice President of Nanjing University, Director of the Religious Institute in Nanjing University, Chair of the National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China (National TSPM), President of the Chinese Christian Council, and Chair of the Amity Foundation, China. He has taught theology in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and Japan and had since been awarded honorary PhD degrees in Theology in at least six different universities.

Soong Tzu-Wen (T.V. Soong) 宋子文

Born in Shanghai in 1894, his family originates from Zhejiang and then moved to Shanghai. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John University in Shanghai. After graduation, he went to Harvard University and received his Master’s degree in Economics in 1915. He worked for the International Bank in New York and then received his PhD in Economics from Columbia University. In 1917, he came back to China. He held the posts of Secretary of the Han Ye Ping Corporation Shanghai Office, the head of the Accounting Department of Han-Yang Corporation, the General Manager of the commercial banks in China, and then established Continents Industrial Corporation. In 1923, he became the English secretary for President Sun Yat-sen and held posts of Manager of Guangdong and Guangxi salt auditors and the President for the Central Bank of Republic of China. In 1925, he became the Minister of Commerce and Minister of Finance for Guangdong. He became Minister of Finance for Republic of China. In 1926, he became Minister of Commerce. During his term, he negotiated with the British to solve the harbor workers’ strike. In 1927, he held the post of the British concession in the Hankou Administrative Committee and was elected as a KMT member of the Central Political Committee. In 1928, he became Minister of Finance and President for the Central Bank of Republic of China. In the same year, he signed a principal agreement with the Ambassador of the United States so that China has freedom of custom. In 1929, he joined many committees such as the Yellow River Water Conservatory Committee, Construction Committee, and the National Defense Council. In 1930, he became the Vice President of the Executive Yuan, Chair of the Flood Relief Committee, Chair of the National Economic Council, and a member of the Finance Committee. In 1932, he became the Vice President of the Executive Yuan and the Minister of Finance. In 1935, he became Chair of Bank of China. In 1936, after the Xi’an Incident, he and sister Song Meiling represented Chiang Kai-shek and successfully negotiated with Zhang Xueliang, Yang Hucheng and the Chinese Communist Party. During World War II, Song Tzu-Wen became the Chair of the Economic Committee and Chairman of the China Defense League. In 1941, he became the Minister of Foreign Affair and visited the United Kingdom and the United States many times. During his term, he negotiated with US President Theodore Roosevelt and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill to deal with the future of China and Asia after WWII. In 1945, he represented China in his attendance in a United Nations conference. During his term, he signed The China-Soviet Treaty of Alliance with Russia. He later immigrated to the United States and passed away in San Francisco on April 26, 1971.

Yang Kuanlin 楊寬麟

Yang Kuanlin, a Shanghai native, was born in 1891. He graduated from St. John’s University in 1909 and later graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s degree. In 1919, he turned to China and worked as an architect in Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai. In 1940, he became the Department Chair of Civil Engineering. In 1950, he was the general engineer at the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. One of the earliest expert engineers in modern architecture in China, he was formerly the vice-director of the China Civil Engineering Society. He designed some of the most illustrious buildings in China, including Beijing Peaceful Hotel, Xinqiao Hotel, Wangfujing, Minzu Hotel, and a military museum.

Ding Guangyao 丁光曜

Born on December 31, 1927 in Shanghai, Ding Guangyao is a retired professor. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree in St. John’s University in 1949. He was heavily involved with marketing and accounting in China.

Shao Xunmei

Born in 1906 in Zhejiang, her birth name was Shao Yunlong, but she later changed it to Xunmei. She was a famous writer and publisher in China. She attended St. John’s University between 1921 and 1924 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating, between 1924 and 1926, she attended Cambridge University in England. She later also studied painting in France and returned to China in 1927. After 1949, she came a translator in Shanghai.

Shen Siliang

Shen Siliang was born in 1897 in Ningbo, China. He attended St. John’s University between 1911 and 1919 and later moved to the United States. Between 1920 and 1921, he attended the prestigious Oberlin College and attended Columbia University from 1929 to 1930. Throughout the years, he has held many positions that deal with physical education, including becoming the Chair of the Department of Physical Education between 1919 and 1928.In 1928, Mr. Shen became the Dean of Studies at St. John’s University and took on the role of St. John’s University Vice President in 1929.

He Xiuying

Born in 1923 in Nanhai, Guangdong, He Xiuying graduated from the Department of English at St. John’s University in 1945. In 1950, she attended graduate school at Yanjing University in the field of Philosophy. Before 1949, she was a instructor at a university. Beginning in 1951, she worked in the foreign relations department of a publishing house.

Wang Guoxiu

Born in 1895 in Weishan, Jiangsu, Wang Guoxiu was a history professor at East China Normal University. In July 1921, she left China to attend Wesleyan University to study literature. In 1926, she received a Master’s degree in history in Columbia University. She has worked as a professor in Jinling Women’s College of Arts and Sciences, Xiamen University, and St. John’s University. After 1949, she was also a professor at Aurora University.

Chen Heqin

Chen Heqin was born in 1892 in Jiangsu. In 1906, he studied in a Christian high school in Hangzhou and attended St. John’s University after high school graduation. After studying at St. John’s University for a year, he transferred to Qinghua University. In 1911, the Xinhai Revolution erupted. Mr. Chen returned to Hangzhou, cut off his queue, and attended St. John’s University once more. In 1912, he returned to Qinghua University but instead of continuing his medical degree, he switched to the education program. After being accepted into Johns Hopkins University, he continued his research on experimental pedagogy. In 1917, after he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, he studied at the Department of Education, Columbia University. His focused was on educational psychology for children. He graduated in 1918. He later became a principal in a high school in Nanjing and a professor in many universities in China. One of his most significant contributions is establishing the Shanghainese Literature Conference.

Mabel Hung Yeuk Ho Wang  汪洪若豪

Mabel, Yeuk Ho, Wang (née Hung), born August 27, 1937 in Shanghai, China, the wife of Johannean Thomas Wang. She was the youngest of four children of William Shih Ho Hung, a lawyer, with three elder brothers preceding her. After graduating from St. Mary’s Hall in Shanghai, she entered Fudan University in the 1950s to study Chinese Literature. Having learned piano since childhood, she then entered the Shanghai Music Conservatory to further her studies in piano performance. It was there that she met Johannean Thomas Yau Sam Wang, who was studying violin performance. This developed into a marriage of which they celebrated the 55th anniversary, the emerald anniversary, in 2016. After they got married, they moved to Hong Kong, where she continued with her lifelong passion – the quest for knowledge. In 1963, she studied English Literature for a year at the then Baptist College before pursuing her Journalism degree at the newly established Chinese University of Hong Kong and becoming one of the first graduates of that degree in that institution. Later, she became one of the first again – the first batch of staff who helped set up the news division at Hong Kong’s TVB. She worked there until her daughter was born. In 1969, she furthered her studies in the US and received a Master’s degree from Indiana University in Librarian Studies, specializing in music librarianship and music studies. Returning to Hong Kong, she joined her alma mater, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and worked as Assistant University Librarian. In the 1980s, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts was established and Mabel became the founding librarian of their library – the first performing arts library in Hong Kong integrating different materials on theatre, dance, music, theatre production on the same shelf. She contributed 20 years to the two libraries and retired in 1991 to settle down in Vancouver with her family. Mabel had published numerous articles on classical music in print media over the years. These media outlets included Sing Tao Daily and Hong Kong Economic Journal in Hong Kong, as well as Sing Tao and Ming Pao in Vancouver. Her earlier writings were also published as a collection. Apart from writing, she was an active member of the arts and culture scene in Vancouver, contributing as consultant and trustee for organizations such as Vancouver Arts Festival, Chinese Cultural Center of Vancouver, BC Chamber Orchestra, etc.








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