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Allisonian Firsts: James Chu

A virtual exhibition celebrating the bold Allisonians who became the "firsts" in their field.

James Chu

First Chinese man to graduate from Mount Allison University, 1955

James Chu sitting on the steps of the Owen's Art Gallery.

James Chu, 1952

Mount Allison University Archives, Picture Collection, 2007.07/2471. May only be reproduced with permission of the Mount Allison University Archives.

James Chu came to Mount Allison University from Hong Kong in the fall of 1952. While in attendance, he was active in several aspects of campus life. He played in the Mount Allison Orchestra and was later appointed Concert Master of the Orchestra. He was also secretary-treasurer of the Camera Club and a member of Club Tropicale. He received his Engineering certificate in 1955, becoming the first Chinese man to graduate from Mount Allison. He was part of a wave of Chinese students to enter Mount Allison in the post-war years, and was the first of many to earn distinctions at the university. The trajectory of his career is unclear, but at the time of his graduation Chu hoped to pursue further studies in Chemical Engineering either at McGill or M.I.T.