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MAR. 27: "Missionaries, Medicine, and the Nanjing Massacre" by Dr. Peter Brinsden

Missionaries, Medicine, and the Nanjing Massacre

WHAT: Missionaries, Medicine, and the Nanjing Massacre: a family in China 1870-2018 by Dr. Peter Brinsden
WHEN: Mar. 27, Tuesday, from 7:30-9:00 PM
WHERE: The Courtyard Institute, #28 Zhonglao Hutong (map)
RSVP: please reserve via yoopay  https://yoopay.cn/event/78995752

Many thanks to the Courtyard Institute, our partner in organizing this event. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:  Dr. Peter Brinsden's family first went to China in 1870 as American Presbyterian missionaries.  Peter was born in Peking (now Beijing) in 1940, the fourth generation of his family to be born in China.  Their narrative covers a wide arc of Chinese history. Missionary and teacher Robert Fitch – Peter’s great grandfather, founded one of the first colleges of Zhejiang University and was a keen photographer. Many of his pictures will be shown to illustrate this talk.  Peter’s great-uncle George Fitch was YMCA head in Nanjing during the December 1937 atrocities known as the Nanking Massacre, and was appointed director of the International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone.  He also visited Yanan where he met Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and other communist leaders. Peter has visited China on many occasions in the last thirty years and will describe China, as seen through his family’s eyes, from the past to the present.
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Peter Robert Brinsden is a specialist in fertility and assisted reproduction. He was born in Beijing and, as a child, lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. He was educated at Rugby School and qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital, London, in 1966, when he joined the Royal Navy. He qualified as a Consultant Gynaecologist in 1978, and retired from the Royal Navy in 1982. He gained his MRCOG in 1976 and FRCOG in 1989, choosing to specialise in fertility and was appointed Medical Director of Bourn Hall Clinic in 1989.  Following his semi-retirement in 2006 Peter was Consultant Medical Director of Bourn Hall Clinic until 2016, and remains a Consultant to Bourn Hall. Peter has Honorary or Visiting Professorships at the Capital Medical University, Beijing; Peking Union Medical College (where he was born); and China Southern Medical University, Guangzhou. He travels widely to lecture -- especially in the Middle East, India and China – and has led three delegations of gynaecologists to China in the past six years

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