Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this pamphlet announcing the publication of Freeman's biography on George Washington, there is a short biography about Freeman himself. It states that "Freeman stands today as one of America's greatest living historians. It also mentions that…

The story starts with a small racist jab at Chinese tea shops by having the narrator imply that Chinese tea shops were not as valuable as people seemed to think they were. There is a line in the short story that calls one man a "yellow-skinned…

This page features an illustration of an Asian woman standing wearing traditional Asian attire and holding a basket of fruit. The only words on the page are the heading, "The Web." This picture evidently depicts a white student's perception of Asian…

This page includes a picture of the university's Chinese Club, showing eight Asian members (7 male and 1 female), with a list of their names underneath the photograph. The Chinese Club included all students that had traveled from China to get an…

This poem, "New Moon," was written by members of the university's Writing Club in attempts to resemble Japanese poetry in hokku, or haiku, form. The stanzas describe a scene that is perhaps set Japan, and a caption at the top that explains the intent…

In this club photo there appears to be 2 Asian students standing in the back row of the photo. The club was organized by alumni of the Chatham Training School. According to articles in The Collegian, the club's mission was to uphold the honor of the…

Members of the Chinese Club at the University of Richmond. The members include P.L. Mok, T.L. Sene, W.K. Lam, C.K. Kung, Y.C. Lee, P.K. Lee, M.W. Wong. The Chinese Club celebrated Chinese culture, including the annual anniversary of the creation of…

This poem by Ruth Fiske is about her watching Jazz dancing. Jazz is predominantly associated with African-American culture and was established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fiske is watching the "wild" intoxicating dance moves. She…

This is a picture of University senior John Alfred Paau from Canton, China. The description text next to his picture states, "Here is a man who has come from the far distant East and sojourned among these Gothic Halls of fame for four years...". Paau…

This is a picture of Kwan Fong Cheung (W'25), a senior at the University of Richmond. Cheung is from Canton (Guangzhou), China and is noted as a "true friend," a "good conversationalist," and "one of Westhampton's best in aesthetic dancing." The…
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