Yorkson C. T. Shen went to Japan at age of 9 and studied there for 18 years, finally graduating from the Tokyo Imperial University in 1912.
Yorkson C. T. Shen career was unbelievable. After the university he returned to China and joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Peking in 1920.
Next, he was an attache to Chinese Delegation to the Washington Conference in 1922. Yorkson C. T. Shen was a secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also he was a subdirector of Chinese delegation to the Customs Conference in 1925. Worked as assistant director of Intelligence Bureau of Foreign Affairs Ministry at Peking. He was awarded fourth class Paokuang Chiaho decoration in 1926 and made expectant minister plenipotentiary in 1927. Next he joined the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the National Government at Nanking in 1928 as a member of Treaty Commission. He was a senior secretary and later councillor of the Examination Yuan. Worked as assistant professor at Central University at Nanking. On Government mission to Japan to investigate Japanese administration in the spring 1931 Yorkson C. T. Shen worked as Director of Asiatic Affairs Department at Foreign Ministry from 1931 to 1934. On mission to Geneva Yorkson C. T. Shen worked as technical councillor of Chinese delegation to the League of Nations from September 1932 till March 1933 and toured Europe during intermissions of the League Assembly.
After return to China in April 1933 he was sent to Peiping to settle the Sino-Japanese complications in North China.
All in all he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to Panama in winter of 1934.