Today's date in New Haven history:
Yung Wing (1828-1912) was a Chinese-American diplomat and businessman who became the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university, Yale College, in 1854.
Yung Wing was the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university.
On today's date in 1852, he took an oath in New Haven and became a naturalized American citizen. He died in Hartford in 1912.
Born in 1828 to a poor farming family in Macau, Yung Wing was sent to attend foreign missionary schools in southern China at a young age. His parents hoped that learning English would lead y…