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Reflections From China


by Dr. Angela Ying Tu
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The Role of Women
Being raised in China, women were taught to be independent and career minded at a very early age. Women are a large and very important part of the work force. They earn the same wages as men and compete for the same positions. At home, men cooked, took care of the children just as women did. Of course, divorce was almost unheard of in my generation.
Cual Hill Park, Beijing
What a Shock!
When I first came to the United States of America, a lot of people were surprised I was a physician, especially women of my own age.
Many people
  were surprised
    I was a physician.
I was shocked to see that many American women of my age were homemakers, and never had to make a living to support themselves, although many of them were active in PTA or other volunteer programs. I felt sorry for some of the ladies, who in spite of their very good education, had stayed at home, and after raising the children, were now divorced by their husbands. I was angry at these heartless men, and I felt regret for the women because they had not chosen to have a career themselves.

Change is in the Air
After eighteen years of living in the United States, I am pleased to see that the status of women has changed a lot, although the divorce rate is still high. When my stepdaughter, Elizabeth, graduated from medical school at UC Davis, I noticed that about half of the graduates were female. I also see that many single women have established themselves professional or business careers, reeducating themselves and becoming independent again.


The Strength of Women
I think that women are stronger and more resilient. We are more giving, and at times of need we are willing to make sacrifices. We are more resourceful, and when needed, we will find a way to bounce back. I'm so happy that as women, Chinese or American, we are the same.


Angela and Art Danzig Angela Ying Tu, is a California, licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Diplomat of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (NCCA). Before coming to America, she was graduated from Tianjin Medical College in 1958, and practiced General Medicine in China for 22 years.

U.C. San Franciso and the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have welcomed her as a lecturer on Chinese medicine and acupuncture. As an Associate Professor at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, Dr. Angela Ying Tu has taught the fundamentals of Chinese medicine, TCM diagnosis and gynecology.

Maintaining a private practice in Walnut Creek, California, Dr. Angela Ying Tu is also a member of the Diablo Chinese Culture Club and the Walnut Creek Soroptomist Club. She is married to Dr. Arthur P. Danzig, M.D. of Walnut Creek. She loves to read, dance and take long walks.

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