Yung Wing was the first Chinese graduate of an American university. He graduated from Yale College in 1854.






Given the global nature of Yung Wing and the Chinese Educational Mission it is useful, if not essential to understand the world events that took place during the time period.

1776 The Declaration of Independence
1789-1799 The French Revolution
1803 The Louisiana Purchase
1804-1815 Napoleonic Wars
1805-1875 Pax Britannica
1805-1848 Muhammad Ali rules Egypt
1806 Treaty of Lunéville
1810-1820s Mexican War of Independence and South American Wars of Independence
1810 Kamehameha I unites the Hawaiian islands
1812 The War of 1812
1815 Congress of Vienna
c1815 Henry Opukahaia at Yale
1816-1828 Shaka rules South Africa
1828 Yung Wing born
1832 Goethe dies
1840-1843 First Opium War
1845-1855 Manifest Destiny
1846-48 Mexican-American War
1848 European Revolutions of 1848
  The Communist Manifesto published
1848/49 Gold Rush
1851-1908 Empress Dowager Cixi
1851-1864 Taiping Rebellion
1854 Convention of Kanagawa
  Yung Wing graduates from Yale
1854-56 Crimean War
1856-1860 Second Opium War
1859 The Origin of Species published
c1861–1894 China's Self-Strengthening Movement
1861-1865 American Civil War
1865-1877 Reconstruction
1866-1869 Meiji Restoration
1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War
1872-1881 Chinese Educational Mission
1874 British East India Company dissolved
1878 First telephone conversation
1879 Anglo-Zulu War
c.1880 "Scramble for Africa"
1880-1881 First Boer War
1882 Chinese Exclusion Act
1884 Sino-French War
1894-1895 First Sino-Japanese War
1898-1899 Hundred Days’ Reform
The Coup of 1899
1898 Spanish-American War
1899-1901 The Boxer Rebellion
1899-1902 Second Boer War
1899-1913 The Philippine-American War
1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War
1905 Einstein's Theory of Relativity published
Freud’s Theory of Sexuality published
1912 Yung Wing dies
  Republic of China established
1914-1918 World War I
1917 Russian Revolution
1919 Treaty of Versailles






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