Study of China at Harvard

The Study of China at Harvard

Harvard University’s entry into the China field began over 125 years ago, in 1879, when Harvard hired its first Chinese teacher, Mr. Ko Kun-hua, who reached Cambridge from Ningbo after nearly nine months of travel with his wife and six small children. While Mr. Ko unfortunately died within months of his arrival, the collection of books bought for him to use in his classes were the first Chinese materials acquired by the Harvard College Library.