Wes Meets East

Wes Meets East: From Missionaries to the Freeman Asian Scholars Program

May 20 - October 30, 2015

The Freeman Asian Scholars Program is only one example of Wesleyan’s ongoing relationship with eastern Asia, and “Wes Meets East: From Missionaries to the Freeman Asian Scholars Program” places the Program in an historical context. Although the focus today is secular, the Program, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, has its roots in Wesleyan’s missionary interest in China dating back to 1835. The first Asian students came to Wesleyan in the 1880s. By the 1930s, dozens of alumni had spent time in the Far East. During World War II, President James L. McConaughy headed up a major relief effort in China. More recently, in 1987, Mansfield Freeman ’16 established the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. In 1995 Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, Doreen Freeman, Hon. ’03, and Graeme Freeman ’77 founded the Freeman Asian Scholars Program in honor of Mansfield Freeman.