Welcome to 2013 – the year of the ‘Black Water Snake’! This is the year of mystery and change. Exciting times are ahead.
The Pain Society meetings invite healthcare professionals involved in the management and understanding of pain to present their ideas and solutions to the oldest challenge in medicine.
Amidst the Christmas festivities, I would like to send my good wishes to you, your family and your colleagues. May the new year bring you joy, happiness and the best of health!
Reminiscing over the past year and looking forward to 2013, there is one message I would like to convey to you. That is, despite the difficulties we have faced, the human spirit of hope and good will is still abundant in our world.
Let us engender harmony together in 2013 and bring enlightenment into different spheres of our society.
East is East, West is West, South is South and North is North. Wherever we belong, whoever we are, we shall have to twine together at this vital moment of global convergence in the history of human civilisation. Integration in the fields of healing, health and medicine will help to bring us together.
Our mutual interests and our different values must now be synergised. I hope within this synergy we can preserve our cultural diversities and coexist in harmony.
May this spirit carry us forward…
I hope to see you in London for future CMIR events.
Man Fong Mei
The Chinese Medical institute and Register (CMIR)
The AcuMedic Foundation, London
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Han Suyin was one of the most influential writers of our time. Destination Chunking (1942) and A Many-Splendored Thing (1952), which was made into a popular film, started her career as a writer. She was a passionate young woman who expressed her belief in the pursuit of love against the complex background of being a daughter to a Chinese engineer and a Belgian mother. While medicine was her professional devotion, she could not contain her passion for writing as an Asia-minded intellectual. Her lifelong struggle in reconciling the China in revolution and her connection with the outside world was reflected throughout her work. Her colourful and splendored life shone brilliantly to all those who had the privilege of encountering her in their life.
Through her writings we can recount the turmoil of modern Chinese history through the Republican China to the anti-Japanese war and the establishment of the People’s Republic. She was a passionate supporter of the revolution in China and in her work she tried to bridge understanding between China and the outside world. She pleaded China’s cause against the prejudiced views of a critical outside world at the time. As a half Chinese, her contradictions and struggle to establish her identity both emotionally and intellectually to me is the most interesting contribution to modern literature but also a valuable reflection of an increasingly integrated world. In many ways, through her determined efforts she has changed the shape of the world that we now live in.
I recall my own personal encounters with her in London during the 1960s and 1970s when she was very active along with Dr. Joseph Needham and Derek Bryan in promoting understanding between Britain and China in the activities of the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU). I was impressed by her formidable arguments against the many critics of her views. Her command of the English language was very admirable to a young Chinese student like myself who followed a similar path in trying to integrate the two distinctly different cultural backgrounds. During my many conversations with her and Joseph Needham on different occasions, I recall the intellectual brilliance and the utterly pure passion of both personalities, a synergy that was both exciting and inspiring. As a young man who came to learn from the West I was much influenced.
The views expressed in her autobiographical trilogy, The Crippled Tree (1965), A Mortal Flower (1966) and A Birdless Summer (1968) were self-revealing of someone who had to live through a period of tremendous change in the history of our world. The struggle between the many values of the Chinese tradition and the overwhelming Western impact on those values is vividly imprinted on the pages of her work. Her writings on Mao and the Cultural Revolution in The Morning Deluge (1972), Wind in the Tower (1976) and her later works My House Has Two Doors (1980) and Wind in My Sleeve (1992) are accounts of her intellectual struggle to understand the process of China reacting and opening up to the outside world. This process culminated in the open door policy of Deng Xiaoping.
Han Suyin’s work as a doctor and educator in South-East Asia is less well-known to her readers. Her complex love life as described in her novel, set in Hong Kong, and her marriages can only reveal to us that she was a woman that remained true to her heart and soul until she died on 2nd November 2012, 20 days after her 95th birthday.
A brilliant star in our sky has dimmed, yet the light that she shone during her life will still remain in our collective consciousness.
Man Fong Mei
London, November 2012
六十年代到七、八十年代的倫敦社交與學術界中，她是非常活躍，發表了不少演講和著作，在英中友好協會(Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding)的活動中，我有幸與她幾次交談，當時寫中國科技文明史(Science and Civilisation in China)的著名學者李約瑟和熱心於中英友好的德瑞克‧卜萊恩(Derek Bryan)與韓素音都是核心人物。作為剛到英國的年輕留學生，我對他們的工作、言論和才華十分崇拜，在交談中我感覺到韓素音的敏銳思維，對她用熟練的英語來反駁批評者對她的攻擊，深表敬佩，當時我決心向她學習，走向推動中西文化交流的道路，與全球嚮往人類文明先驅們共鳴。
梅萬方 于倫敦 2011年十一月
A seventeen-strong delegation from the Chinese Medical Institute and Register (CMIR, UK) visited the top Chinese medical institutions during a two-week tour of China between 13th and 28th October. The group met Professor Zhang Boli – the President of the Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and his team. A discussion on the latest research in Chinese medicine and its significance to patients in the West was passionately conducted to promote East-West medical exchanges.
You are a child under the tree.
Free to wander, free to explore.
Releasing the spirit, gathering in the soul.
Out of the shadow, bathing in the sun.
For innocence is the dynamic of youth.
Hesitate not, my noble poet
For freedom is your spirit,
And freedom is your innocence
Like a child’s heart,
And the energy of nature.
Express the moment in the poet’s lines,
Without hindrance, without constraint
The darkness and dangers.
For risks are inherent in being alive.
With the dancing waves of light,
With the ritual of being
And the rhythm that revives.
Like a flower bud, ready to release
The energy of the sun,
To bloom into the beauty that surrounds.
Without fear or reservations,
Explode in colours,
Bring beauty to this world.
For abundant in this universe
Is the dynamic of freedom.
Enrich your free will, my noble poet.
Every moment in your life
Is the expression of possibilities.
For in freedom
There is your happiness,
And there is your destiny.
Life comes in circles.
In the absolute freedom of circles,
There lies the freedom in the poet’s heart,
Body, mind and spirit.
Man Fong Mei
London – The Forum
17th August 2012
Beware my friend,
The new world
That we created
Is not of machines and systems.
Beware my friend,
That your spirit is not corrupted
By the dashing colours
Of the push-button material world.
Lured by the neon signs of modernity,
The fascinating magic
Of financial derivatives;
The cat-and-mouse game
Of the regulator
And the regulated,
Is the spirit of the human being.
For myself I gain.
Be you a cat or a mouse,
It may seem fun
For a brief moment.
But as cancer rots
In a noble civilisation,
The bureaucratic systems
And the spirit of being.
Without nobility or greatness.
Without the motion of inspiration.
Can man control
The monstrous technical systems
Or be enslaved
By his systems?
Do we eat just to survive
Or do we savour the taste and the colour?
I ask you my friend –
Is life purely functional?
Or are there deeper meanings
To our existence?
In the Spring of your life
Functions are your colours.
In the Summer of your life
The achievement you sought.
Upon the Autumn colours
The reflections you search.
The meaning you wished
Before a contented Winter arrives.
When your physical being
When time ceases to be relevant
When time is eternity
Into pure consciousness
When the physical world exists without you
It is in the consciousness
That you exist.
Man Fong Mei
16th August 2012
London – The Forum
It arrived late,
But it has arrived…….
Time has its own logic.
The mysterious pace,
That no one can predict.
Yet it is on its way,
In its own time,
Reveals itself eventually,
Inspiration is a mysterious thing
It comes unexpectedly,
Yet inspiration is a fleeting moment in eternity
But with eternity
In the sky somewhere between China and Europe
In the hot Summer night,
We were drunk with the poignant fragrance of a thousand flowers
Alas, we are coming to the end of the wild South
Along with the poetic allure of Autumn
With falling maple leaves
With the pungent aroma of Chrysanthemum
Waving to the frozen North,
The smiling plum blossoms
Signal the coming of Spring
In which warmth and comfort will be again
Inspiring the brave bamboo
To survive the snowy Winter
As Summer will come again
11th Nov. 2010