Drexel In China

Part 4 – Drexel Delegation Celebrates the Mandarin Publication of Book on University Founder Anthony J. Drexel

June 6, 2012
Article: Heidi West and the PA Center Shanghai 
Photos by: Karl Seifert

Drexel University and the Pennsylvania Center in Shanghai celebrated the launch of the Mandarin Chinese translation of The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance with a participatory event led by University President John Fry and attended by students, alumni and partners.  The biography of Drexel University’s founder Anthony J. Drexel, written by Dan Rottenberg, reveals the life of a man who selflessly laid the foundation for later Wall Street giants such as JP Morgan, making possible the United States’ transition from an agrarian society to an industrialized nation.

Drexel in China

Julie Mostov addressing students & media. Also featured on the right side of the frame Provost Greenberg & Daniel Tedesco - a Drexel IAS Grad on a Fulbright Fellowship in China.

"Anthony J. Drexel looked at a time of great economic and technological promise and saw a unique path to success for his nation, just as the Chinese people are doing today,” said Fry. “Mr. Drexel’s life and work still inspire us, and we are proud to introduce the first translation of The Man Who Made Wall Street.”  Fry, who is in China leading a delegation of University administrators in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra Residency and Tour program, presented donations of the book to partner institutions such as Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the School of Management, Fudan University.

Drexel in China

Features Panelists L-> R: Julian Wu, James Gao, John Fry, Dr. Yu Baoping, Ning Shao

Drexel in China

An incoming freshman engaging in converstaion

A panel of speakers including Fry, representatives from the two partner universities, and Julia Wu of HSBC Bank recalled the extraordinary life of unsung success and generosity led by Anthony J. Drexel, paying particular attention to the importance and modern relevance of his core values.  In 1891, he founded Drexel University as an institution uniquely fitted to answer the needs of a growing industrialized nation.  Today, the University is a world leader in science and engineering with an internationally recognized business school; an institution of higher learning that continues Drexel’s vision of preparing students for productive professional and civic lives while also focusing the University’s collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems.

Drexel University, which is represented by a dragon mascot, is pleased to be offering this incredible story to the people of China in 2012, the year of the dragon; honoring the university’s commitment to long-term sustainable international collaborations.