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Thanh-Phuong Chu

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Thanh-Phuong Chu, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, crosses cultural and social divides. As a child this began in the doctors' office where she was the linguistic and cultural bridge between family members and their physicians. Today it unfolds through her expressed desire to be "a healing presence by being a sister physician who practices an integrated way of healing by bridging both Eastern and Western Medicines."

Phuong utilized her Krista Foundation grant to once again bring together and translate complex worlds. The International Scholar Laureate Program selected Phuong as a member of its Delegation on Medicine to China. Nominated for "exemplary leadership and outstanding academic performance" Phuong, a Chemistry cum laude graduate, explored her great interest in moving beyond the confines of medical ideology. "I experienced firsthand an approach to health and healing that I believe is the future of medicine. The Chinese patients and physicians we met had a profound appreciation for both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine (WM), believing utilizing both is important to treat the whole person. This allowed them to be open to the benefits of WM and to acknowledge the limitations of TCM, which made room for the integration of WM into their 5,000 year-old traditional approach. I was humbled and inspired to witness this integrated, yet diverse, medicine in practice."
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arrived while Phuong lived on a small stipend volunteering with the Good Shepherd Program serving students with learning disabilities in a New Jersey alternative high school. She spent a year in St. Louis, Missouri discerning the call to live and minister as a religious sister and preparing to attend medical school. She is continuing a discernment process with her family now in the Seattle area.

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Thanh-Phuong Chu, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, crosses cultural and social divides. As a child this began in the doctors' office where she was the linguistic and cultural bridge between family members and their physicians. Today it unfolds through her expressed desire to be "a healing presence by being a sister physician who practices an integrated way of healing by bridging both Eastern and Western Medicines."

Phuong utilized her Krista Foundation grant to once again bring together and translate complex worlds. The International Scholar Laureate Program selected Phuong as a member of its Delegation on Medicine to China. Nominated for "exemplary leadership and outstanding academic performance" Phuong, a Chemistry cum laude graduate, explored her great interest in moving beyond the confines of medical ideology. "I experienced firsthand an approach to health and healing that I believe is the future of medicine. The Chinese patients and physicians we met had a profound appreciation for both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine (WM), believing utilizing both is important to treat the whole person. This allowed them to be open to the benefits of WM and to acknowledge the limitations of TCM, which made room for the integration of WM into their 5,000 year-old traditional approach. I was humbled and inspired to witness this integrated, yet diverse, medicine in practice."
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arrived while Phuong lived on a small stipend volunteering with the Good Shepherd Program serving students with learning disabilities in a New Jersey alternative high school. She spent a year in St. Louis, Missouri discerning the call to live and minister as a religious sister and preparing to attend medical school. She is continuing a discernment process with her family now in the Seattle area.

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Colleague Info

COLLEAGUE YEAR
2007
SENDING ORG
Good Shepherd Volunteers
REGION
North America
LOCATION
Wickatunk, NJ

SERVICE AREAS
Urban America



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