The story of how student refugees worked with missionaries to transform Chinese healthcare during World War II.
Escaping from Japanese-occupied China during World War II, the students and faculty at Peking Union Medical College found refuge at the Canadian mission in Chengdu, Sichuan. In the years that followed, the college and mission worked together to care for an extraordinary influx of wartime refugees. Their unlikely partnership transformed Chinese healthcare, establishing the second university nursing program in the country. Although the new Communist government shuttered the school in 1951, the women they trained endured to reopen degree programs thirty-five years later. In our contemporary era, marked by increasing global exchanges in education, Nursing Shifts in Sichuan highlights both the fragility and resilience of impromptu, multinational collaboration.
About the Author
Sonya Grypma is vice provost of leadership and graduate students at Trinity Western University and the author of China Interrupted: Japanese Internment and the Reshaping of a Canadian Missionary Community.
“This is an important book and a riveting story.” — Sioban Nelson, University of Toronto
“Nursing Shifts in Sichuan is truly hard to put down! This is an exciting read, albeit sometimes a sad one, written by an outstanding scholar of nursing, religion, and mission. Social history at its best.” — Barbra Mann Wall, University of Virginia