A Woman's Place Abroad: Years at Yenching
MBS was still a young woman when she took her position at Yenching University Women’s College in 1925, at age 25. By the time she returned home, eighteen challenging years abroad had brought her to her personal and professional prime. She had built a network of friends of diverse nationalities, and developed impressive professional skills through the many roles she performed at the college.
During her time at Yenching MBS managed to strike a balance between her rigorous work life and recreation, often embarking on wide travels with other members of the faculty, attending and hosting parties, or relaxing comfortably1 at home with her companion Augusta Wagner (who was a graduate of Wellesley College). Her frequent letters home reflect this balance, as she often describes daily life and diversions intermingled with regular accounts of grave political events or conflicts at the University.
1 For a sense of the economics and comfort of her lifestyle as furnished by the Mission Board, refer to the letter from March 26, 1933, featured on this page.