Letter from Thomas Sun, Middlebury College, to Alfred E. Stearns, February 14, 1928


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Letter from Thomas Sun, Middlebury College, to Alfred E. Stearns, February 14, 1928


Letter from Thomas Sun, Middlebury College, to Alfred E. Stearns, February 14, 1928


Dear Mr. Stearns,

I went down to New York for a few days this last Christmas vacation with Charlie, and I dare say that I learn much from the trip. The thing that I have in mind is that I can not get along with the Chinese very well, not that I don’t like them, but I can not talk to them.

I am ashamed to admit this, but as the circumstances are, I have to do so. I can talk to them, but with very simple Chinese; I forgot all my good Chinese. When they say something I must hesitate that I might give them the wrong answer. Whenever I write home I will have to look up the words in the dictionary. I forgot so much of my Chinese that I think that it time for me to do something.

The only thing left for me to do is that I must come in contact more with the Chinese than I do now. Columbia, N.Y.U., Harvard, or Amherst have Chinese there, but I have such a place in my heart for Middlebury, that it is very hard for me to transfer to any other college. I really love this college more than I can express with words, but on the other hand I must do something to get back my Chinese. College fraternity and popularity are all right, but after all when I go home I will have to work shoulder to shoulder with my fellow Chinese. As the situation stands now I do not know any Chinese so that I can write to them even, and how are they going to work with me and trust me.

When I was down New York, I was very lonely, and the same is true when I was in Boston last summer. I mingle with American boys, and as you might say that "I am Americanized.” It is good to know the American while I am in this country, but to a certain extent only, but I have gone a little too far in knowing them. And as a result I became one of them.

The fellows and girls in College here look at me as an American, and I was glad when the Y.W.C.A. asked me to speak before them on something about China. That was the only sign that I received here in College that reminds me that I am a Chinese.

Don’t you think that it is time that I should do something. I am completely lost and don’t know what to do. I hope that you can enlighten me to this matter.

Very sincerely yours


Thomas Sun


Phillips Academy


March 23, 1928


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