Asian and Asian Americans in the University Archives

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, here are brief biographies of some of the earliest known Asian and Asian American students and faculty at the College of William & Mary.Ming Pan 1925 Yearbook Photo

Ming Pan, class of 1925: Ming Pan, pictured above from the 1925 Colonial Echo yearbook, was an international student who came to William & Mary in 1924 from Changsha, China. Pan was particularly interested in government and had previously studied at College of Yale in China, also known as the Yale-China Association.


Hatsuye Yamasaki 1937 Colonial Echo photo.

Hatsuye Yamasaki 1937 Colonial Echo photo.


Hatsuye Yamasaki, class of 1937: Hatsuye Yamasaki, pictured left from the 1937 Colonial Echo, entered William & Mary in 1933 and graduated in 1937. During her time at the College, Yamasaki was part of the Judicial Council and the Women’s Sophomore Tribunal. She was also Brown Hall President, Spanish Club Secretary, an Intramural Sports Representative, and on the Indian Handbook staff. Yamasaki hailed from Washington DC.






Satoshi Ito with students in 1st annual Black Studies Scholars Weekend, 1999

Satoshi Ito with students during the 1st Annual Black Studies Scholars Weekend, 1999

Satoshi Ito, Department of Sociology: Professor Satoshi Ito was a member of the faculty at William & Mary from 1965-2003. In his youth, he was sent to a Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas during World War II. After leaving William & Mary, Professor Ito became involved with many organizations, including the Anti-Racism Commission, Diocese of Southern Virginia, the New Kent County Democratic Committee, and the Human Rights Committee of Eastern State Hospital. For more information about Professor Ito, please see his oral history interviews in the William & Mary Digital Archive.


Art Matsu playing football, circa 1925.

Art Matsu playing football, circa 1925.

Art Matsu, class of 1928: Generally believed to be the first Asian American to attend William & Mary, Matsu was half Japanese. He played for the W&M football team as a quarterback and a punter, and he was also a member of the 7 Society.


Please see the Special Collections Research Center Wiki for more information about Asian and Asian Americans at William & Mary as well as the Asian-Pacific American and Asian Studies Special Collections research guides.

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