Chu, Grace Zia
- Ann T. Keene
Chu, Grace Zia (23 April 1899–15 April 1999), cooking authority and writer, was born Grace Anna Zia in Shanghai, China, one of nine children of Zia Hong-lai, a Christian religious educator and editor, and Zok-tsung Sze, who was active in the Chinese division of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), a U.S.-based organization that promoted Christian fellowship among women throughout the world. Grace was educated at local institutions run by Protestant missionaries, including the McTyeire School for Girls in Shanghai, which awarded her a secondary school diploma in 1918. The family was orphaned at about this time, and Grace remained at home for a while to help care for her siblings. In 1920 she enrolled at Ginling College in Nanjing and studied there for a year. Through the American YWCA, and with the help of a grant from the McCormick family of Chicago, she received a scholarship to Wellesley College, an all-female institution near Boston, Massachusetts, which had previously welcomed other Chinese students....