John Leighton Stuart was born in Hangzhou, China to American parents who were missionaries. He considered himself more Chinese than American.
This episode traces the fluctuating fortunes of both John Leighton Stuart and Yenching University. Caught between two cultures as well as between religious and secular life, Stuart was called to establish Yenching University. He raised funds from warlords, churches and consortia. He hired Henry Murphy to design the beautiful campus, also known as Yan Yuan, a blend of both Chinese and Western architectural styles. He established new departments, recruited prestigious teachers and promoted international cooperation. He was a witness to China’s enlightenment and salvation as well as a practitioner of the higher education development in China.