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Herbs & Roots: A History of Chinese Medicine in the US
February 8 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Medicine in the United States – hosted by the Long US-China Institute at UC Irvine
Monday, February 8
4:30-5:30pm PST via Zoom
Chinese medicine has a long history in the United States, dating back to its colonial period and extending up to the present. Well before mass emigration from China to the United States began, Chinese materia medica crossed the oceans in both directions: Chinese medicinal teas and herbs came west while Appalachian ginseng went east. Beginning in the 1850s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States and transplanted their health practices, establishing businesses that catered to both Chinese and non-Chinese patients. Over time, Chinese medicine, along with other medical knowledge systems deemed “alternative” or “unorthodox,” both facilitated and undermined the consolidation of medical authority among formally trained western-style medical scientists.
Presentation by Tamara Venit-Shelton, Claremont McKenna College
Discussant remarks by Mei Zhan, UC Irvine
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