The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on May 8, 1927 · Page 92
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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York · Page 92

Brooklyn, New York
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Sunday, May 8, 1927
Page 92
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f raflc Four - Chinese WomanBecomes Surgeon k f-,' & Dr. Afusgorft Jessie Chung By Cyrilla P. Lindner THE prejudice directed against alien races have kept many men and women hiding their light under bushel. But tome have been strong enough to overturn the bushel and fubmerge the prejudices. Er. Margaret Jessie Chung Is such an example of tho strength and survival of the fittest, a pioneer among the Chinese race, in America. Born In Santa Barbara, of Chinese parentage, she exhibits the well-balanced advantages of both Occidental and Oriental Influences. From the environment of large family of eleven children, among whom poverty was not an unknown status, she fought her fight until her achievements have earned for her the reputation of being both a physician and a surgeon of unusual ability both among her own people and the Americans of California. Her father had been merchant on a small scale, and her mother occasionally acted as a court Interpreter. It was perhaps the latter's public service that kept Dr. Chung's courage up In her early struggle. It was not all easy when as a child she attended the public schools of Santa Barbara. Later she worked her way through the University of Southern California. Jobs of all kinds were never flighted to help pay her tuition, w hen a young girl she had ambitions for missionary work In China. Her application was refused, although she brought o bear her advantage in being able to peak Chinese and English, both fluently. One of the most gratifying means of working her way through college was through giving lectures on China, for which she was paid by local clubs and church societies. Then, too, she helped her cause by selling surgical and medical equipment to doctors and tq her fellow students. Her ambition to excel in anything she undertook was realized In the winning of a scholarship in an intercollegiate debating contest for the University of Southern California. Despite so much work she found time to play and made known her pro ess on the girls' university basketball team. After her graduation she accepted an interneship as aisistant surgeon in the hospital of the Santa Fe Railroad at Los Angeles, then later at San Bernardino. Further experience was gained in Chicago, where she was stationed at Cook County Hospital. For one year she was criminology specialist for the State of Illinois, determining the nature of insanity among the juvenile psycho- Dr. Margaret Chung Qualified Also as Expert on Criminology pathic cases. Her work has never been limited to the Chinese people; in. fact, in those years little was done among them. A year later found her specializing in both psychiatry and surgical work at the Kankakee State HospitaL Her main desire in her varied fields of activity was to get a good background for her ultimate aim to be an excellent surgeon. The death of her father caused a hurried return to Los Angeles. There the need of her family for her service and supervision caused her to relinquish further hospital residence, and she went into private practice in Los Angeles. Her family's fortunes later rehabilitated, she accepted an invitation to visit in San Francisco. Thereupon she made it her home, establishing an office among ner own people. Today she is one of the most highly reputed surgeons in San Francisco, among all people, and numbers among ber patients some of the renowned residents not only. in San Francisco but in all California. The mother of Charles Wakefield Cadman, a tonsilectomy patient of Dr. Chung's, helped spread her ability as a capable surgeon. It is on that branch of surgery that Dr. Chung's services are sought by many prominent San Franciscans, and now by many of her own people. -.It was, and still Is, a difficult task to break down the Chinese prejudice against the use of the knife, but the recognized ability of Dr. Chung among the Americans has helped toward the Chinese newer conception of surgery. The use of herbs was the surest medicine for the Chinese people. One day, when all else had failed, in the case of one of her own countrywomen, Dr. Chung was called in. But not because of faith in her ability merely as a last resort A simple operation, skillfully performed, saved the patient's life and won for Dr. Margaret possibly more than many months of fighting old prejudices. Dr. Chung performs most of her operations at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, and despite a crowded daily program divided between the hospital and her private offices, one of which is maintained in the heart of Chinatown, she still finds opportunity for the supervision of the education of her brothers and sisters, one of whom ' is in training as a nurse, while three others are studying laboratory work, with, perhajs, the goal of their sister to be adopted as theirs in the future. The work Dr. Chung has done among her own people alone is worthy of recognition. She has taught many, through her volunteer service, the standards of American living and sanitation and instilled in them an attitude . toward diet and medicine more in accord with the conditions under which they now live. "Among the younger generation," Dr. Chung tells, "there is no need for a newer education in this respect. - They absorb Americanisms and methods easily. The old . prejudices, too, are being swept away slowly by contact - with American customs." In her trim serge suit, mannishly cut, with silk shirt, - high collar and businesslike tie, Dr. Chung presents a . very tailored, attractive picture of a professional woman. : Among her large circle of friends and among the medical groups in California she is applauded highly as a capable 6urgeon. Dr. Chung, too, is a rare musician, and in the pur-: suit of this avocation numbers among her intimate asso-. ciates Carrie Jacobs Bond and Charles Wakefield Cad-. man. Many compositions of each of these have first been heard and discussed at the home of Dr. Chung before their introduction to the public. : Dr. Chung professes only one dream that of some day having a great hospital for surgical work, where serv-'. ices will be free for the needy. There is voiced her hope for alleviating some of the poverty she herself knew so well and which she has so efficently overcome. 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