Remembering the First Asian and Asian-American Students

Tracing the history of early Asian and Asian-American students at Southwestern

As an Asian-American student, I have noticed that there is no place on campus where Asian or Asian-American students from the past are commemorated, so I became curious about my predecessors.

Rummaging through the Sou’wester yearbooks for weeks, I noted down the Asian students that were the first (or second) to do something as an Asian or Asian American at Southwestern.

The following captioned photographs provide a guide to the first Asians or Asian Americans at Southwestern.

Note that because these students did not then or now have a place to call their own on campus, we have placed them with a pin in the center of campus.

Images

Foreign Female Students from 1953 Source: Sou'Wester 1953 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1953
Male Foreign Students,, 1953 Source: Sou'Wester 1953 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1953
Frances Aoki 1st Asian to enter as a freshman and stay at the University until graduation. (3 years): Fall 1951 - Spring 1954 Source: Sou'Wester 1954 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1954
Muhammad Rafiq 1st Asian to graduate after transferring (~1 year). Fall 1951 - Spring 1952 Source: Sou'Wester 1952 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1952
Elsie Kaneshiro 1st Asian to go through all 4 years. Fall 1953 - Spring 1957 Source: Sou'Wester 1954 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1954
Franklin Sun 1st Asian to go through all 4 years and more. Franklin stayed an extra year to get another degree. Fall 1953 - Spring 1958 Source: Sou'Wester 1954 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1954
Paul Hsu 1956 1st Asian American to attend Southwestern from the contiguous United States. Fall 1955 - Spring 1956 Source: Sou'Wester 1956 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1956
Yuri "Kit" Yamada 1st Asian American to attend Southwestern from Texas. Fall 1956 - Spring 1960 Source: Sou'Wester 1957 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1957
Alejandrina Sakaguchi 1st Asian to attend Southwestern from a non-Asian country or the United States. (Peru), Fall 1957 - Spring 1960 Source: Sou'Wester 1959 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1959
Stanley Wong 1st Asian to double major in the same year. Graduated with two majors. ; Fall 1957 - Spring 1960 Source: Sou'Wester 1958 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1958
Ernest Chou 1st male Asian American to attend Southwestern from Texas. Fall 1973 - Spring 1975 Source: Sou'Wester 1974 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1974
Raymond Khouw 1st male Asian American from Texas to go through all four years of college. Fall 1974 - Spring 1978 Source: Sou'Wester 1975 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1975
Eui-Soo Suh 1st Asian faculty child to attend Southwestern (son of Dr. Suk-Soon Suh). Fall 1971 - Spring 1972 Source: Sou'Wester 1972 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1972
Sally Suh 1st Asian faculty child to attend Southwestern and graduate from Southwestern (daughter of Dr. Suk-Soon Suh). Fall 1976 - Spring 1980 Source: Sou'Wester 1977 Creator: Sou'Wester staff Date: 1977

Location

Metadata

Michelle Taing '24, “Remembering the First Asian and Asian-American Students,” Placing Memory, accessed July 25, 2024, https://placingmemory.southwestern.edu/items/show/31.