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Piloted to Serve: Memoirs of World War II Veteran Rebecca Chung

Rebecca Chan Chung (1920-2011) was a US veteran of World War II with the Flying Tigers, US Army and China National Aviation Corporation. Her wartime work as a Nurse included flying over the Hump (the Himalayas), which was the strategic and dangerous route that linked China and the outside world after Japan had cut off the Burma Road. The book also covers the wartime experience of her husband, Leslie Wah-Leung Chung (1917-2009), a member of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps that was wounded in action in Hong Kong in Dec 1941 during the Japanese invasion. Furthermore, the book covers the experience of her father, Po-Yin Chan (1883-1965), a participant of the 1911 Chinese Revolution under Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and a Senator of Guangzhou after the Revolution. In addition, the book covers the history of Nursing in Hong Kong in 1920s-1970s. Since Rebecca’s great-grandfather Rev. Hok Chau was the first Chinese ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Southern China, the book also covers aspects of the history of Christianity in China and Hong Kong. Moreover, since Rebecca’s mother, Dr. Lee Sun Chau (1890-1979) was one of the first female Chinese doctors of Western Medicine in China, the book also covers aspects of the history of Western Medicine in China.
Authors: Rebecca Chan Chung, Deborah D.L. Chung and Cecilia Ng Wong
Publication date of English version: April 2012
Publication date of Chinese version: Dec 2011
Publisher, distributor and contact person: Deborah Chung (ddlchung@163.com). The book is not available in bookstores. It is complimentary. The suggested donation is US$20 (including shipping in US). The donation (minus costs) will go to selected Chinese Christian churches.
Coverage
1. Personal experience of a nurse with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II
2. Personal experience of a nurse in the US military (US Army Air Forces) in China during World War II
3. Personal experience of a Chinese person in the US military in China during World War II
4. Personal experience of a nurse in the China National Aviation Corporation, with work including flying over the Hump (the strategic and dangerous flight route across the Himalayas to connect China and the outside world during World War II)
5. Personal experience of a young woman fleeing from Hong Kong to southwestern China due to the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in World War II
6. Original historic photographs and documents (dating back to the late 19th Century)
7. Personal experience of a participant of the 1911 Chinese revolution
8. Personal experience of one of the first female doctors of Western medicine in China
9. Personal experience of a member of the Hong Kong Volunteers Defense Corps who defended Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion in 1941
10. History of Nursing and Western Medicine in China and Hong Kong
11. History of Christianity in China and Hong Kong
12. Life in China, Hong Kong and India during World War II
13. Life in British Hong Kong in 1920s-1970s
Weblinks
http://m.torontosun.com/2012/04/06/celebrating-two-lives-well-lived
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/07/life-love-and-service-recalled
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/congresswoman-gives-long-overdue-honor
http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/151023/13/Posthumous-Honor-for-World-Wa...
http://hochul.house.gov/press-release/congresswoman-hochul-present-posth...
http://www.cnac.org/rebeccachan01.htm

About the author:

Rebecca Chung (1920-2011) was born in China, being the daughter of a participant of the 1911 Chinese Revolution. After completing her Nursing education in British Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion in Dec. 1941, she fled to Free China. After a difficult journey, she joined the Flying Tigers (later the U.S. Army) in Kunming. In 1943, she joined China National Aviation Corporation and made weekly flights over the Hump . After the war, she became a prominent Nursing educator in Hong Kong.

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