七律 ─ 洞庭思故

读杜甫李白皇英二妃颂词有感:

洞庭班竹哭湘妃
千秋万代真情照
杜李沧浪水尽吟
正气灵心天地娇
今唱舜帝楚歌壮
百花烂漫江南园
锦绣河山谱老庄
日月万物合一缘
二零一二年十一月二十三日

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Snake!

Welcome to 2013 – the year of the ‘Black Water Snake’! This is the year of mystery and change. Exciting times are ahead.

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East-West Integrative Approach to Pain at the Annual Meeting of The British Pain Society

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.

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New Year’s Greetings to You

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 Obituary

Photograph: Kathinka Fox, source: China Heritage Quarterly http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/scholarship.php?searchterm=026_representing.inc&issue=026

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

我認識的韓素音

有關名作家韓素音逝世的報導已經很多了,在我英文的悼念文中,已經詳細地陳述她在文學和中外交流的巨大貢獻,她人生的精采和才華橫溢的成就是眾所周知的,在這裡我只想簡單地說一說我個人對她的認識。

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。

韓素音的一生刻劃出追求真理的腳印,不但是追求純真的愛情,還努力把中華文明真摯地介紹給外界,推動世界和平與促進人類互相了解,這一切切使她的人生發出光芒,她的精神永遠留在我們的共同意識中。

梅萬方 于倫敦  2011年十一月

 

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China Medical Trip 2012 Report – Integrating Chinese and Western Medicine

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.

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Freedom in the Poet’s Mind

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

Fear not,  

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

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Reflections on Life in Autumn Colours

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,

Oblivious

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,

Build not

The bureaucratic systems

Without soul,

Without passion

And the spirit of being.

Without nobility or greatness.

Without the motion of inspiration.   

Wither civilisation?

Can man control

The monstrous technical systems

He creates,

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

To realise

Before a contented Winter arrives.

When your physical being

Demise

When time ceases to be relevant

When time is eternity

Into silent

Into pure consciousness

Of nothingness.

When the physical world exists without you

It is in the consciousness

That you exist.       

 

Man Fong Mei

16th August 2012

London – The Forum 

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Random Thoughts – In the Mood for Philosophy

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,

Always arrives,

In its own time,

Reveals itself eventually,

Inspiration is a mysterious thing

It comes unexpectedly,

With time,

With timelessness,

Yet inspiration is a fleeting moment in eternity

But with eternity

Inspiration brings…

 

 December 2009

In the sky somewhere between China and Europe

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My Midsummer Dream

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

London

11th Nov. 2010

 

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