Professor of History
Renqiu Yu is professor of history and coordinator of the minor in Asian studies at Purchase College. He received his BA in history from Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University in China, his MA from UCLA, and his PhD from New York University.
Professor Yu has published many articles and book reviews on Chinese history and Chinese American history in professional journals. His book To Save China, To Save Ourselves: The Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance of New York (Temple University Press, 1992) won the award of Outstanding Book in History from the Association for Asian American Studies in 1993. His novel Qing Ke (Dinner Parties) was published by People’s Literary Publishing Company in Beijing in 2007. His critical essays have been published in Shucheng and Shanghai Shuping (Shanghai) and other magazines and newspapers. He is also a senior lecturer at the China Institute in America, frequently giving lectures on Chinese history to high school teachers and the general public in New York.