Sherman Wu

Sherman Hsiu-huang Wu (1937 – May 11, 2010) was a Chinese-American social activist and professor, whose experiences at Northwestern University brought the issue of discrimination against Asian Americans to the fore.wikipedia
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K. C. Wu

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Wu was born in China to K. C. Wu, a Chinese politician, and Edith Huang.
They eventually had four children: Eileen Wu, Edith Wu, H.K. Wu and Sherman Wu.

Chinese Americans

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Sherman Hsiu-huang Wu (1937 – May 11, 2010) was a Chinese-American social activist and professor, whose experiences at Northwestern University brought the issue of discrimination against Asian Americans to the fore.

Northwestern University

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Sherman Hsiu-huang Wu (1937 – May 11, 2010) was a Chinese-American social activist and professor, whose experiences at Northwestern University brought the issue of discrimination against Asian Americans to the fore. Wu attempted to pledge at the Psi Upsilon fraternity at Northwestern University in the Fall of 1956.

Asian American movement

The general condemnation of the prejudice exhibited against him presaged later actions in the Asian American movement.

Taiwan

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The younger Wu was prevented from leaving Taiwan, where his father had served as governor, after the rest of his family had moved to the United States.

United States

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The younger Wu was prevented from leaving Taiwan, where his father had served as governor, after the rest of his family had moved to the United States.

Chiang Kai-shek

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K.C. Wu charged that this action was retaliation for his criticisms of the government of Chiang Kai-shek.

Pete Seeger

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Sherman Wu is best known because of the song "The Ballad of Sherman Wu", by Arthur Winner, which appeared on the Pete Seeger recording Gazette.

Psi Upsilon

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Wu attempted to pledge at the Psi Upsilon fraternity at Northwestern University in the Fall of 1956.

Han Chinese

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After originally being told that he would be able to join the fraternity, he was "depledged" after his fellow pledges objected to someone of Chinese ancestry joining the organization.

The Daily Northwestern

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Wu wrote a letter to The Daily Northwestern, the campus newspaper, criticizing the actions of the fraternity.

Orient

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Psi Upsilon representatives stated that, "Having an Oriental in the house would degrade [the fraternity] in the eyes of other fraternities and make it more difficult to get dates from the sororities."

American Association of University Professors

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The Northwestern University branch of the American Association of University Professors issued a statement calling the depledging "completely contrary to the democratic ideals for which the AAUP stands" and "deplorable."

Time (magazine)

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Psi Upsilon's action became national news when written about by Time magazine.

Upton Sinclair

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The actions of the fraternity were criticized by Upton Sinclair, among others.

Marquette University

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He later became a professor at Marquette University in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Clearwater, Florida

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Following his retirement, he settled in Clearwater, Florida.

Florida

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Following his retirement, he settled in Clearwater, Florida.

Esophageal cancer

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He died on May 11, 2010 from esophageal cancer.

History of Northwestern University

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In the fall of 1956, Sherman Wu, son of Taiwan governor K.C. Wu, was granted a bid to pledge at the Psi Upsilon fraternity but was dismissed after his fellow pledges threatened to quit on account of his race.

Streets of Laredo (song)

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The song presages the American Civil Rights Movement and recounts the refusal of Northwestern University's Psi Upsilon fraternity to accept Sherman Wu because of his Chinese heritage.

List of Chinese Americans

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