Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892 in the
West Virginia home of her grandmother. She was born the fourth of
seven children to Caroline and Absalom, two Presbyterian
missionaries, who were home from China. The family quickly returned
to their home in Chinkiang, China three months after Pearls birth.
Pearl grew up among the Chinese peasants in a small farming
community. Her first language was Chinese, she grew up with the
customs and traditions of the Chinese. As she grew her mother and
her teacher taught her English.
In 1910, Pearl returned to the United States to earn a degree at
Randolph-Macon Womens College in Lynchburg, Virgi