• Public Health in Nationalist China, 1928-45

Presented by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies

Wednesday, 1 February 2012 
Noon - 1pm
Munce Conference Room, Archer 110
20 Derne Street, behind the Massachusetts State House 


The Rosenberg Institute welcomes Dr. John R. Watt of the American Bureau for Medical Advancement in China, an authority on modern China’s efforts to set up a system of public health.  In order to improve the standard of living of all of its people, to increase economic output, and to build a stable society, it is necessary to have the people educated in hygiene and able to access affordable, dependable health care.

When the new Republic of China was formed in 1912, one hundred years ago, it was clear to many that the traditional system of Chinese herbal doctors in cities and villages was not adequate to meet the needs of people now working in large number in factories, building rail roads, attending modern schools, and moving about the country in large numbers.

After 1928 the Guomindang government under Chiang Kai-shek said it wanted modern, effective health care for its people.  But it had few funds and there was no infrastructure to create such a system. When the Pacific War began in China in 1937, Chinese society faced daily struggles for survival.

Dr. Watt will describe this perilous and heroic situation in his talk, illustrated with rare and old photographs.

This will be the launch of the first Rosenberg Institute Occasional Paper. This is co-sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Boston. Free and open to the public.


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