Yuan, Irene H.
An unfinished story :
1982 Oct. 21 /
Manuscript Collection: MS 0605
Agency History/Biographical note:
Irene He Yuan was born on August 9, 1949 in Shanghai, China. She
planned to attend college in 1967, but the cultural revolution in
China forced her to become a factory worker. During this time, she
studied at night. In 1978-80 she studied at the University of
Science and Technology in Peking as a graduate student. In 1980 she
gained permission to study in the United States, and she came to
Mount Holyoke to study organic chemistry. She received her M.A. in
1982. She stayed in the United States, and worked towards her Ph.D.
under the Five College Program. However, she died of cancer on June
20, 1983 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Scope and Content:
The Irene He Yuan Story describes her struggle with cancer discovered
shortly after her arrival from China as a Master's Degree candidate
at Mount Holyoke College. Contains reflections on contrasts between
her life in China and in the U.S. and on family structure;
perceptions of Americans; comments on U.S. methods of scientific
research, farming, corporate policies.
Cite as: Irene He Yuan Papers, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted