top of page


Hu Shih is one of the most important thinkers to influence 20th-century China.  He continues to gain recognition and admiration in the younger generations.  He studied in the U.S. in the early years of the 20th century, first at Cornell and later at Columbia.  That experience transformed Hu Shih from a classically educated Chinese scholar into a renowned leader toward openness and modernity in education, social reform and public affairs.

Hu Shih loved the Cornell University campus and considered it his second hometown.  To honor his memory a group of Cornell alumni and Hu Shih admirers are working to build a memorial bench on the campus along the shore of Beebe Lake, Hu Shih's favorite.  Your generous donation will bring the project to its fruition.  Thank you! Read more about Hu Shih here.

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 3.43.37 PM.jpg


The memorial bench will be placed along the shore of Beebe Lake, a scene loved by Hu Shih.


The rendering of the bench and the interactive plaque are our vision.  But the bench and the signage should be compatible with the style of Cornell Gardens.  Therefore, the final design will be the joint effort by Cornell garden designers and us. 



The metal plaque behind the bench is an option to be determined.  It is intended to be a puzzle.  The circle on the left and the surrounding ring are independently rotatable.  When they are aligned properly, a well known phrase by Hu Shih can be read.

bottom of page