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Qin Fang 2008 CHF Fellow

In the summer of 2005, I took three suitcases and flew from Beijing to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In the summer of 2011, I took the same three suitcases and flew back from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to Beijing. Six years has passed swiftly, as if nothing had changed. But only I know that along with the suitcases, I also carry back so many wonderful memories and best wishes from my professors, colleagues, friends, and students from Minnesota in the past six years.

I remember that in my first winter at Minnesota, I was shocked by the amount of snow that a single winter could produce. Winter seemed to be endless, but the snow was so pure and quiet to a woman like me, who came from a small town in middle China. When I come back to China, the snow is indeed one of the many things that I miss most.

I still remember that in my first class at the University of Minnesota, I did not know what the syllabus was and how to use the on-line posting. My professors and colleagues not only helped me master all these technologies, they also pushed me to think about China in a broader context of the whole world. China was not only the country in which I grew up, it also became the body of knowledge I strove to learn, to discuss, and to debate about. After six years, I was able to write my own syllabus and taught my own course in Ming-Qing China to a class of American students. China as a nationality and China as a study subject converged.

I could not forget the joyful heart beat when I was informed that the Chinese Heritage Foundation kindly funded my trip back to China for my dissertation research in 2008. With the fellowship, I was able to dig in the dusty archival documents in the Tianjin Archive and discover some rarely read texts from the National Library of China, Tianjin Library, and Nankai University Library. There were numerous moments that I touched the liveliness of history and that I was touched by the words and choices of the historical figures. As the recipient of this prestigious fellowship, not only did I fully prepare myself for my dissertation, I also use many of the documents in my current teaching and research at the Capital Normal University.

Today in 2014, three years after I came back to China, I still carry on these wonderful memories and experiences from Minnesota. I enjoy showing a little bit Minnesotan accent when I talk with my foreign friends in Beijing. I enjoy telling my students how beautiful Minnesota is in the winter when the winter season comes in Beijing. I enjoy assigning to my students weekly readings which I have read as a student at the University of Minnesota. And most importantly, I enjoy sharing with people around me that in Minnesota and even in the world, there are supportive foundations and enthusiastic people who still care about what happened to China in the past century and centuries. 

Graduate Fellowship in History at University of Minnesota

Graduate Fellowship on WW II in East Asia at the University of Minnesota

A Graduate Fellowship in the Department of History was created in 2006 at the University of Minnesota by the Dr. M. F. Tchou Memorial Fund and the Choi-Chiu and King-Wo Lam Family Fund of the Chinese Heritage Foundation. Together with a match from the University's 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment, funds will support one or more full-time graduate students each year beginning in September.


This Fellowship is created especially for the study of WWII in China, a turbulent period in Chinese history. "I look forward to our Foundation contributing to Minnesotan's understanding of Chinese history. We will work hard to improve and deepen our knowledge of each other and build mutual understanding," said Ming Tchou, founder and president of the Chinese Heritage Foundation.


"The College of Liberal Arts is committed to helping students discover history's intersection with culture, politics, art and more. This fellowship created in partnership with the Chinese Heritage Foundation will foster that research, and we are grateful for the Foundation's support," said Steven Rosenstone, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

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Graduate Fellowship Press Release

Graduate Fellowship on WWII in East Asia in History Department at the University of Minnesota

Researching the Far East in the Midwest just got easier for graduate students at the University of Minnesota. The Chinese Heritage Foundation at The Minneapolis Foundation and the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts recently announced the creation of an endowed graduate fellowship in history to support University graduate students who are researching World War II in East Asia, with a strong emphasis on China. The fellowship, known as The Chinese Heritage Foundation Fellowship, is being created by the Dr. M. F. Tchou Memorial Fund and the Choi-Chiu and King-Wo Lam Family Fund of the Chinese Heritage Foundation. Together with a match from the University's 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment, funds will support one or more full-time graduate students each year beginning in September, 2006.

"I look forward to our Foundation contributing to Minnesotan's understanding of Chinese history. We will work hard to improve and deepen our knowledge of each other and build mutual understanding," said Ming Tchou, founder and president of the Chinese Heritage Foundation.

"The College of Liberal Arts is committed to helping students discover history's intersection with culture, politics, art, and more. This fellowship created in partnership with the Chinese Heritage Foundation will foster that research, and we are grateful for the Foundation's support," said Steven J. Rosenstone, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

About the Chinese Heritage Foundation: Established in 2004 within The Minneapolis Foundation, the Chinese Heritage Foundation welcomes the support and participation of all people, without regard to cultural background or national origin, of the United States and beyond. Foundation goals are to promote the understanding of Chinese history, to perpetuate and promote Chinese visual and performing arts, music and culture. For more information, please visit: www.chineseheritagefoundation.org.

About the College of Liberal Arts: At the heart of the University of Minnesota, CLA has served the state of Minnesota and its people with distinction-improving people's lives and contributing to the public good through path-breaking research, service to communities, and teaching. CLA has 540 dedicated and award-winning faculty who are making the discoveries and creating the knowledge in the arts, social sciences and humanities.  

 

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