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U. S. Homes, Jobs Sought For 18 Chinese Refugees

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Methodists Are Sponsors

U. S. Homes, Jobs Sought

For 18 Chinese Refugees

(date stamp:) Mon Jan 16 1956

The first two of 18 refugees

from China being sponsored by

the First Methodist Church are

expected to be in Ann Arbor near

the end of this month. They are Dr.

Pearl Liu Chen and her daughter,


Dr. Chen, who will teach botany

at Albion College next semester,

expects to arrive Jan. 22 in San

Francisco from Singapore. She

left her native China to escape

the Communists.

Their settlement in the United

States under the Refugee Relief

Act of 1953 is made possible by

the sponsorship of the local

church. The church must guaran-

tee to pay transportation to Ann

Arbor from San Francisco, find

employment, secure housing and

promise that the refugees will

not become a public charge.

Activities of the sponsorship

are handled by the church’s social

and economic relations committee,

headed by Bruce Lawrason.

Lawrason said today the cornmit-

tee has been expecting for some

time the arrival of the mother

and daughter as well as 16 other

refugees, members of three fam-

ilies the committee is also spon-

soring for the church.

Still in the process of being

cleared by security and health of-

ficers are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas

Chen (no relation) and their six

children, Mr. and Mrs. Edward

Mao and daughter and Mr. and

Mrs. Paul Wan and daughter.

Chen and Wen have both been

promised custodial jobs at the

University Hospital until they can

find permanent positions in their

fields as highly trained tech-

nicians. Mao already has been

given a position with the State

Highway Department’s testing

laboratory here.

Lawrason and the nine mem-

bers of his committee now have

the job of finding funds to fi-

nance the work cut out for them.

Lawrason says the committee has

no budgeted funds from the

church, but can borrow funds

from the general treasury until

such time as they can be repaid

by the committee through dona-


Transportation, biggest item of

the sponsorship, will cost more

than $1,020, not including meals

enroute. In addition, the families

will have to be maintained until

they can begin supporting them-