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Synergies between Chinese and Western Medicine in Hong Kong and Beyond: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

This will be the inaugural workshop on the topic of Hong Kong to be held in conjunction with the annual Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies.
The purpose of the workshop is to enable invited speakers to more fully share their expertise with the Toronto community in a workshop setting, and to bring Canadian and North American scholars into sustained conversation with the speakers on topics of current and global concern.
This inaugural workshop highlights Hong Kong’s pivotal role in one of the most important developments in the field of medicine today: the integration between what have been construed as “traditional Chinese” and “modern Western” medicine. Questioning the validity of this rigid dichotomy, the workshop focuses instead on the historical and contemporary synergies between Chinese and biomedical approaches to healing and the body.
The workshop is inspired by the work of Dr Vivian Taam Wong, a leader in the establishment of the field of integrative medicine in Hong Kong, and the invited speaker for the 2019 Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies. Together with Dr Taam Wong, workshop participants will examine the topic of integrative Chinese and Western medicine from two perspectives: scholarly research on the history of the relationship between Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine, and the current clinical practice of integrative medicine in Hong Kong. These participants include preeminent experts on various aspects of Chinese medicine from Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. Collectively, they will rethink the historical interplay between scientific biomedicine and Chinese medicine, and explore new possibilities in the medical field in both Hong Kong and the West today.
Panel One | Historical Perspectives on Integrative Medicine in China
The Development of Integrative Medicine in China
Vivian Taam Wong, School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
Acupuncture Research in the Making of Modern Pain Medicine
Bridie Andrews, Department of History, Bentley University
Integrating Western Medicine into Traditional Chinese Formularies: The Case of New Collection of Proven Prescriptions (Yanfang xinbian 驗方新編), 1846-1955
Joan Judge, Department of History, York University
Panel Two | Integrative Medicine in Canada: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada
Heather Boon, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine for Optimal Health in Canada
Angela M. Cheung, Incoming KY and Betty Ho Chair of Integrative Medicine, University of Toronto; Integrative Medicine Program, University Health Network
The programme is available here.
The workshop will be followed by the Third Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies — Integrative Medicine from China to the World with Vivian Taam Wong, Honourary Professor, School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong.
RSVPs are now closed.
This workshop is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research and the Richard Charles Lee Hong Kong Library with support from Mr. KY Ho and Ms. Betty Ho, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Department of History at York University.


Apr 26 2019


10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower @ York University
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