Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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A Chinese Student’s Christian Association of North America (CSCA) chapter was organized at the University in 1931. This organization has roots in the Boxer Indemnity Scholarships, which caused an influx of Chinese students to the United States…

The University Players hosted a program of three one-act plays in the winter of 1931. The plays selected were written by students, including "Beau of Bath", directed by Jane Little, "The Son's Father", directed by its author Mary Lucile Saunders, and…

In December of 1931, the University Players hosted a program of three one-act plays in the Red Cross Building. The plays selected were written by students, including "Beau of Bath", directed by Jane Little, "The Son's Father", directed by its author…

This April 29, 1920 image depicts students from Westhampton College and Richmond College staging a pageant of the "Dwarfed Pine." Corresponding articles in The Richmond Collegian explain the pine as an emblem in "the East" of "long life and…

Westhampton College sophomores staged "The Yellow Jacket" in the Red Cross Building, located near the site of the current Modlin Center. The play had ten Chinese characters, each played by a white student. An article subheading stated that the…

This article announces the Westhampton freshman class production named "The Pageant of the Dwarfed Pine." This 1920 performance was staged in the "pagan splendor" of Japan, with the chorus performed a "Japanese folk song," F. Flaxington Harker's…

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…
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