Asian & Asian American Community

Asian & Asian American Community

1890s

1898 First Asian Graduate

Teisaku Sugishita of Japan graduates with a degree in Civil Engineering, becoming the first Asian student to receive a degree from NC State. Sugishita enrolled in 1894.

College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts Class of 1898College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts Class of 1898

1920s

1922 First Chinese Graduates

Chinese students Pow King Chu, Tao Shen Foo, Shang Wu Jen, and William P.H. Hwang graduate.

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1924 First Hong Kongese Graduate

Tayn Sung Thom of Hong Kong graduates with a degree in Textile Engineering.

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1925 First East Indian Graduates

Laxman Vinayak Gogate of India graduates with a degree in Business Administration and Shankar Krishna Marathe of India graduates with a degree in Textile Chemistry. They both enrolled in 1921.

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1930s

11/11/1938 Chinese delegates visit

Chinese delegates address State College students and Raleigh citizens in an event sponsored by the YMCA and YWCA.

1940s

1940 First Filipino Graduates

Ernesto Ventura Santos and Luis Hidalgo Lim of the Philippines graduates. Santos graduated with a degree in Textile Chemistry and Dyeing and Lim graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering with High Honors.

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1948 George Matsumoto Joins Faculty

Award-winning Japanese American architect, George Matsumoto, joins faculty at the College of Design.

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1950s

1953 First Pakistani Graduate

Munir Ahmad Khan of Pakistan graduates with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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1956 South Korean Graduate Students Enroll

Three South Korean graduate students enroll: Wan Yong Chen (Nuclear Engineering), Jong Soon Kim (Psychology), and Jong Chul Park (Chemical Engineering).

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1956 South Korean Undergraduate Student Graduates

You Song Kim of South Korea graduates with a degree in Ceramic Engineering.

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1956 First Thai Student Graduates

Sorasith Vacharotayan of Thailand graduates with a degree in Agronomy.

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1958 Taiwanese Graduate Students Enroll at NC State College

Graduate students Shing-Gong Liu and Jui-Ming Lee of Taiwan both enroll in the Electrical Engineering program.

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07/01/1958 First Japanese Doctorate Student Graduates

Dr. Ken-ichi Kojima graduated in 1958 with a Ph.D. in Experimental Statistics. Dr. Kojima was also an Assistant Geneticist with Genetics department along with a joint appointment with the Department of Experimental Statistics in 1958. Dr. Kojima becomes Associate Professor of Genetics by 1963 then promoted to full professor on July 1, 1964.

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1960s

1960 Burmese Graduate Student Enrolls NC State College

Graduate student Charlie Kaw of Burma enrolls in the Textiles program.

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11/17/1963 Trần Lệ Xuân's (Madame Nhu) Campus Visit

As part of a speaking tour of the United States, the de facto First Lady of South Vietnam (1955 to 1963), Tran Le Xuan (also known as Madame Nhu) conducted a press conference at NC State to voice efforts to influence U.S. opinion of Vietnam.

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09/13/1966 International Farm Youth Exchange Delegates and Former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos

IFYE delegates Jane Warren and Karen Brewer joins Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in planting his nation's new "miracle" rice along with other Filipino delegates.

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01/1967 First Japanese Woman Doctorate Student Graduates

Tomoko Ohta of Japan graduated in 1967 with a Ph.D. in Genetics. Her dissertation chair was Prof. Ken-ichi Kojima. Ohta previously obtained her Master of Science degree in Genetics in 1965.

07/1967 Dr. Terumi Mukai Joins Faculty in the Genetics Department

In July of 1967, Dr. Terumi Mukai was hired in the Genetics Department as Associate Professor. After the departure of Dr. Kojima, he oversaw the fruit fly gene mutation program in the genetics lab, where Justina Williams worked as a research assistant.

1970s

1973 4-H International Youth Development Project in the Philippines

4-H'ers Carolyn J. Seymour and Lee Hood Capps meet then Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos at a project event in Davao City, Philippines.

Carolyn J. Seymour and Lee Hood Capps meeting Ferdinand E. Marcos, President of the Republic of the PhilippinesCarolyn J. Seymour and Lee Hood Capps meeting Ferdinand E. Marcos, President of the Republic of the Philippines
1974 N.C. State Basketball Team Visits the Philippines

NC State's Men's basketball team participates in an exhibition game, led by coach Norman Sloan, during their trip to the Philippines. The NC State team played against teams from Asian countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

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1976 Asian Enrollment at NC State

According to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, in 1976 NC State had a total of 54 enrolled students who were identified as Asian, out of a student body of 16,903. The data does not distinguish U.S. nationals or international students within the Asian enrollment data.

1979 Paul Zia becomes head of department

Paul Zia earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the National Chiao Tung University of China in 1949, his M.S. from the University of Washington in 1952, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1960. He joined the civil engineering faculty at NC State in 1961.

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1980s

1980 North Carolina Japan Center Established
1982 First Asian American Student Body President

Jim Yocum was elected as Student Body President from 1982-1984.

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1990s

1995 Taiwanese Student Protest

Taiwanese students at NC State hold a protest and sit-in demonstration in response to sociopolitical events involving Taiwan, China, and the United States.

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1998 First Asian American Woman Student Body President

Jenny Chang was elected as Student Body President from 1998-1999.

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1999 First South Asian American Student Body President

Raj Mirchandani was elected as Student Body President from 1999-2000.

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2010s

2011 Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Officially Established as Student Organization

Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. officially becomes a registered student organization in Fall 2011. Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. is the first Asian-American interest Sorority on campus.

2016 First Asian-American Culture and Literature Course

NC State University offers its's first Asian-American culture and literature course (FL 394) in Spring 2016. The class was taught by Nathaniel Isaacson from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Former assistant director of the GLBT Center, Nathan Nguyen, contacted Isaacson to develop this course due to increasing student interest.

11/19/2016 Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity Officially Established as Student Organization

Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity chapter officially becomes a registered student organization on November 19th, 2016. Lambda Phi Epsilon is an Asian-interest, but not Asian exclusive Fraternity with over sixty established chapters in North America.

2018 Asian Enrollment at NC State

According to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, in 2018 NC State had a total of 2,282 enrolled students who were identified as Asian, out of a student body of 35,479. The data does not distinguish U.S. nationals or international students within the Asian enrollment data.

10/03/2018 Filipino American Student Association (FASA) Officially Established as Student Organization

The Filipino American Student Association (FASA) officially becomes a registered student organization in Fall 2018. However, the student group had unofficially formed in Fall 2017.

2019 Nine Star Lion Dance Troupe Officially Established as Student Organization

The Nine Star Lion Dance Troupe officially becomes a registered student organization in Fall 2019. However, the student group had unofficially formed in October of 2018. The group was originally named Lion Dance Troupe at NC State University.