The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to announce that the fourteenth book in the NTU & HYI Academic Book Series has been published. The monograph, entitled 伍連德新論：南洋知識分子 與近現代中國醫衛 (Wu Lien-Teh Revisited: The Nanyang Intelligentsia and Modern Medicine in China), is by WONG Sin Kiong 黃賢強. The book was published in March 2023. Additional information about the publication is available here.
This book re-examines the life of Wu Lien-Teh (1879-1960) across geographical boundaries and interdisciplinary fields. Wu Lien-Teh is the renowned “Plague Fighter” and the “Pioneer of Modern Medicine” in China, but his work as a public intellectual, diplomat, social activist, humanist, travel writer, and scholar of Chinese history and culture has long been ignored. This book focuses on how and why Wu Lien-Teh recruited a group of Nanyang talents to China, how he laid the foundation for modern China’s medical and public health system, and how he introduced Chinese medicine, history, society, and civilization to the Western world. Wu Lien-Teh could be characterized as the pivotal figure in the interaction between the history of epidemic prevention and medicine, the history of the Chinese in Southeast Asia, and the history of knowledge production and exchange in modern China. In short, this book re-evaluates the man that is Wu Lien-Teh: from his personal identity and career to his leadership of the Nanyang intellectuals, his work in building a modern medical and public health system in China, and his humanitarian activities. It provides a multi-dimensional perspective for readers to understand his place and significance in modern Chinese history.
About the NTU & HYI Academic Series: The book series, published by National Taiwan University Press, is a collaboration between the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the College of Liberal Arts of National Taiwan University. The Series publishes scholarly monographs in Chinese which make a major original contribution to the humanities and social sciences. Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome. Submissions are encouraged from all Chinese-speaking regions and beyond. For more information about the NTU-HYI series, please visit the NTU Press website.
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