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EAST ASIAN ALUMNI

Nagasawa Kanaye '70

Kagosima, Japan

Born Hikosuke Isonaga, Mr. Nagasawa was one of the first eight Japanese individuals to come to America, and the first Japanese student to attend Cornell University. Nagasawa entered Cornell in 1870 and studied Natural History for one year. During his time in Ithaca, he lived at Cascadilla Place no. 40. After his time at Cornell, Mr. Nagasawa went on to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors with vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.  

Arakawa Shigehide '84

Tokyo, Japan

For his undergraduate studies, Mr. Arakawa, attended Sapporo Agricultural College in Hokkaido Japan. In 1883, Mr. Arakawa enrolled at Cornell University, where he studied for one year. After his time at Cornell, this alumni went on to the University of Michigan where he received a Masters degree in Science in 1887. Though his educational background was in agriculture and science, Arakawa was a man of many interests. He later became interested in law and theater; ultimately becoming a  director and actor, developing Shakespearean productions in Japan.

Iwasaki Seikichi '87

Tokyo, Japan

Mr. Iwasaki studied science at Cornell University as a graduate student from 1885-87. He later went to Yale to study law, but still had close ties with Cornell and later became the head of the Cornell Club in Tokyo. He was close friends with Katayama Sen, a founder of the Japan Communist Party, and was the nephew of Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of Mitsubishi Group. Mr. Iwasaki was also the head of Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and several businesses, including Tokyo Gas Company and Iwasaki Cement Company. His notebook from his Cornell English class was found by and is currently housed in Cornell's Kroch Library for Rare and Manuscript collections. 

Sao-Ke Alfred Sze '01

Japan

Mr. Sze was was the first Chinese student to graduate Cornell with a degree. After his graduation Mr. Sze returned to China and worked for the Peking Government. This alumni was a leading diplomat during the turbulent 1920s and 30s. Mr. Sze served as a ambassador to Great Britain and the United States. In 1935, he became the first official Chinese Ambassador to the United States. Mr. Sze was also one of the founding members of the World Bank. 

Hu Shih '14

Ji-Shee, Anhui, China

Hu Shih is one of Cornell's most accomplished alumni. Mr. Shih received funding for his studies through the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship Program. He enrolled in studies at Cornell University in 1910 and graduated with the class of 1914. He was originally studying Agriculture, though changed his major to Philosophy and Literature after two years. While at Cornell, Mr. Shih was an active member of the community. After his time at Cornell, he went on to be a key contributor in the May Fourth Movement, Chinese liberal development, and literature. He stayed strongly connected to academia and served as a president of Peking University. He was also nominated for a Nobel prize in literature. For those who knew him at Cornell, Mr. Shih is remembered as  thoughtful, studious young man, who was deeply appreciated by his friends. 

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