Endowed Chair, the Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies approved by UC Regents

March 20, 1986



The Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego was approved today (March 21) by the UC Board of Regents.

The chair will be funded by a $250,000 endowment from Hwei-Chih Hsiu and his wife, Julia, and will be a cornerstone in UCSD's flourishing interdisciplinary program in Chinese Studies.

"It is particularly gratifying to receive this kind of endorsement of UCSD's Chinese Studies Program from a family that has played a leadership role in the San Diego community," said Chancellor Richard C. Atkinson. "I am confident that we will fill the chair with a scholar of international stature who will further strengthen our program."

"We're really excited. It is a wonderful, generous gift," said Richard Madsen, director of the Chinese Studies Program. "It will help us add an important strength to our program by enabling us to appoint a senior distinguished professor who can do research on China's past."

The 15-year-old program currently enrolls about 20 students as majors, but many more undergraduates take courses in the program, Madsen said. The faculty consists of ten scholars from the Departments of History, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Linguistics and Physics.

Hsiu is the founder and chairman of HCH & Associates, a planning, architectural and engineering consulting firm headquartered in San Diego.

The firm is the designer and planner of Fairbanks Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, the E. F. Hutton Life Insurance Co. headquarters near the UCSD campus, and other new communities and industrial parks in Southern California.

Hsiu, a native of Nanking, China, graduated from Taiwan College of Engineering with a B.S. in architecture in 1953.

He came to the United States in 1957 and earned a master of architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in 1960.

Before forming his own firm, Hsiu was affiliated with a number of major firms including William L. Pereira and Associates, the Bechtel Corp., and Avco Community Developers.

Hsiu is on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Science and Engineering Association in San Diego, and is president of the Hsiu Corp., a real estate investment and development company.

Julia Hsiu arrived in the United States in 1957 after earning a B.S. degree in agricultural chemistry from National Taiwan University. She earned a M.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington, and later did research work at UCLA. She is currently the principal of a Chinese school in North County and director of the San Diego Chinese Cultural Association.

The Hsiu's have three children including a daughter, Helen, who is a senior at UCSD's Muir College majoring in computer engineering. Another daughter, Patricia, graduated from UC Berkeley and lives in the San Francisco Bay area, while their son, Thomas, attends Poway High School.

For more information contact: Paul Lowenberg, 452-3120

(March 20, 1986)