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Adapted from:
John Price and Ningping Yu, “A True Trailblazer: Victoria Chung Broke the Mould for Women and Chinese Canadians,” Times Colonist, 23 October 2011.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Chung had the option of leaving China, or facing internment like other missionaries. She decided to stay in China. She set up community clinics that provided health services for local people. After the war, she helped re-establish the Marion Barclay Hospital and took over as director. During the Korean War, she was unjustly accused of stealing hospital funds as a foreign spy. To avoid punishment she paid a large fine. The state later exonerated her and returned the money, which she donated to the hospital to purchase radiation equipment.

After the 1949 revolution, she remained a committed Christian, rather than joining the Communist Party, as her friend Dr. Annie Wong did. Even so, the Chinese government named Chung a “model worker” in the 1950s and later presented her with an award as a “national hero of culture.” Although she was not married, Chung adopted a son to keep the family line going. Chung continued to work as a physician, sometimes in rural communities, until her death from cancer in 1966.

Further reading:

Forster, Merna. 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces. Toronto: Dundurn, 2011.

Shulman, Deborah. “From the Pages of Three Ladies: Canadian Women Missionaries in Republican China.” MA Thesis, Concordia University, 1996.