Why this Wu Lien Teh Blog?
Dr Wu Lien Teh was my great grand uncle. I first heard of his achievements from my mother, who gave me his autobiography “ The Plague Fighter “ to read some 40 years ago. I was told by mum that he carried me in his arms when I was a baby. He passed on in January 1960.
His eldest daughter Wu Yu Lin kept her father’s memory alive by publishing the pictorial biography “Memories of Dr Wu Lien Teh – The Plague Fighter ” in 1995. She gave access to medical researchers and scholars from all over the world, to the medical journals and books and medical papers of Dr Wu. These materials have now been donated to the National Reference Library of Singapore in November 2011.
Wu Yu Lin passed away on 4 November 2012. So I decided I will continue to keep the legacy of her father’s work alive and share about his medical achievements that the world has forgotten. Ever since I read his autobiography and I have read the book at least 4 times, I have always wanted to visit Harbin, Manchuria, where Dr Wu Lien Teh fought the bubonic plague in 1910 and in 1921.
Harbin – Dr Wu Lien Teh Commemorative Symposium 18 -20 Jan 2013
My chance came when the Dr Wu Lien Teh Society of Penang teamed up with the Harbin University to hold a Commemorative Symposium event from 19-20 January 2013. I travelled to Harbin with my aunty Tai Ai Luen (grand daughter of Dr Wu Lien Teh – eldest daughter of Dr Wu’s eldest daughter the late Wu Yu Lin) and her two daughters – Pamela Hwang and Patricia Hwang, my cousins. For us it was a very memorable trip to visit Harbin to see the actual building where he did his research work in 1910, which the local government of Harbin have restored and converted into a museum to show case Dr Wu Lien Teh’s life work in China. Next door to the museum is also a hospital that he built in the 1920’s and in one of the rooms his eldest daughter, Wu Yu Lin was born in 1926.
This Blog Website is dedicated to share more about Dr Wu Lien Teh achievements, which in recent years have come to light of the great service he rendered to China’s modern medical advancement (1907 -1937) as well as internationally sharing his first hand experiences in fighting bubonic virus. In the medical circles in China, Dr Wu Lien Teh is looked upon as the Father of Modern Medicine in China.
During the January 2013 Harbin trip, I met up with the film producer, Ms Ong Lay Hong and her assistant Fong Pick Huei, who were involved in the actual filming of the documentary “ Plague Fighter”. I will share some insights of the detail these ladies went about in bringing the film to fruition, whilst working with my grand aunt Wu Yu Lin, as adviser.
I am working on building up the family tree from Dr Wu Lien Teh’s parents down to the current generations; started this project in 2009 and now must progress at a faster pace as I would like to show case this Family Tree at the next Dr Wu Lien Teh Commemorative Symposium in March 2014, which will be held in Penang, his home town, where his journey started in 1879 and ended in 1960. Further more, I have to trace the descendants of each of Dr Wu 11 siblings and encourage representatives from each sibling lineage to attend the March 2014 event.
I heard that in China, Dr Wu’s history has now been made into a drama movie film and the dvd is being sold all over China. The film directors of this film took great liberties to change the story line with no permission being granted by the family of Dr Wu Lien Teh. See the real story of his life work in China by getting the Channel News Asia Dvd The Plague Fighter, contact me if you wish to buy the dvd.
Any relatives or friends or patients of Dr Wu Lien Teh, reading this Blog please contact me if you have stories or experiences or memories you wish to share on this Blog.
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