â€œThe coeds skirts are definitely long. Dresses fall to within 12, some even to within 10 inches off the floor. However, they are slit to the knee and it is possible to walk in a Chinese long dress. In cool weather the well dressed coed wears a sports jacket over her dress. The jacket is as simple as a manâ€™s but more colorful. The coed is a bobby soxer. In a land of unheated buildings she has to be. Her shoes are of the sports type, with t-h-i-c-k rubber soles.â€ 
Don Flaherty joined the faculty of West China Union University as an English instructor. â€œWest China Union University is a private institution operated by American, Canadian, and English protestant missionary societies. During the Japanese war its campus was the seat of refugee universities from [Beiping, Jinan,] and Nanking. Now there are some 1500 students on its campus who are students of arts, science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, education, and bio-chemistry. About half of the men students dress I western fashion with sports jackets and slacks. There are even a few large knotted tiesâ€¦The other half of the men wear ankle length gowns. These are usually dark blue, and have long sleeves. â€œ 
Like a number of other colleges and universities founded by Westerners in the early twentieth century, West China Union University was built to modern specifications but in a Chinese style. The main building, with its pagoda-like tower, is an example of this kind of gesture toward tradition.