Small world, big generosity
“Living at I-House was a unique experience for someone like me, from insular Hong Kong. We created the Adrian Hao Yin Ü Gateway Fellowship so more people could benefit from these rich intercultural experiences.”
When Kwei Ü left Hong Kong for Berkeley as a 16-year-old physics major in 1961, he began a lifelong affinity with International House, a residential complex for both international and American students. It didn’t hurt that his father and an aunt had also lived there.
Ü attended medical school in Madison, Wisconsin, and returned to the Bay Area for a 30-year career as the only Cantonese-speaking neurologist in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He and his wife, Michele — then an open-heart surgery nurse — gave birth to a son named Adrian, but unfortunately, the infant did not survive surgery for a congenital heart defect. In 2006, they honored his memory by creating the Adrian Hao Yin Ü Gateway Fellowship, which supports room and board at I-House for a graduate student from Hong Kong, Taiwan, or China.
Here’s where the I-House world gets smaller: The fellowship’s current recipient is a physics Ph.D. student named Adrian who came from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which was founded by Kwei Ü’s uncle.
“Without the Ü Fellowship, I couldn’t afford to live at I-House,” says Hoi Chun (Adrian) Po. “The convenience has saved me a lot of time in commuting and preparing meals, allowing me to study, focus on my research, and GSI duties.”