Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine
Notice: Change in Date of Book Launch
Dr Diarra Boubacar, the Guest Speaker for both our Book Launch and Workshop, has just been invited to the prestigious Chinese-African Health Ministers' Summit in Beijing, in recognition of his expertise and contribution to TCM and Public Health. Unfortunately, the Summit coincides with the original date of the Workshop (18th August). As such, we have to reschedule the Book Launch a week later to 25 August. We apologize for any inconvenience caused due to this unexpected circumstance.
DR LAI PAK WAH is Vice-Principal and Lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology at BGST. A graduate from BGST (Grad Dip CS) & Regent College, Vancouver (MCS, ThM), Pak Wah completed his PhD at Durham University, where he specialised in the theology and spirituality of early Christianity (also known as Patristic Studies). Previously, Pak Wah was a lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic (School of Business), and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board.
DR DIARRA BOUBACAR is a Mali African and the first foreigner to complete a PhD in Chinese Medicine in China. A senior consultant at Chengdu Xindu Chinese medical hospital, he also engages actively in teaching and research at hospitals and universities in Chengdu, Yunnan and Hunan. As an active philanthropist, Dr Diarra has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, trained more than 1,000 village doctors, and organised projects to help alleviate rural poverty in Yunnan. For these efforts, he was awarded the Chinese Philanthropic Prize (中华慈善奖) in 2012.
Should Christians use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? This question is commonly debated between Christians, particularly those living in Asia. Some object to TCM because they regard it as not 'medically proven'. Others reject it because of its supposed non-Christian roots. For many Chinese, however, TCM is based on the key pillars of Chinese philosophy. This, along with its usage over 2,000 years, means that TCM is often revered as an important cultural heritage. What is at stake is not only an alternative source of medicine, but how Christians should relate to their cultural traditions. Join us, as we examine the theological and interdisciplinary principles involved in evaluating Chinese medicine.
Through this workshop, we hope that participants will not only develop a deeper appreciation of TCM, but also acquire the skills needed for engaging Chinese culture in general.
Date: Sat, 25 August 2018
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Venue: Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church, 235 Telok Ayer St, S068656
Let's reduce our waste. Please bring your own (1) lidded container, (2) utensils, (3) water bottle and (4) carrier to carry dishes home to wash.