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TEXAS STATE DOCUMENTS
Volume 1, Number 12 October 1980
East meets west and both are winning
By Barbara Baker
From the moment she was
served a cold drink on the airplane
bringing her to the United States,
life has been a series of culture
shocks for Dr. Hsuan Ho Chu. The
drink made her sick, because in her
native Peking she was accustomed
to drinking only hot tea or hot
Chu is a visiting associate pro-
fessor in :he Department of
Ophthalmology at the Medical
School. For the last 25 years she
has been an expert in the treat-
ment and evaluation of retinal
disease at the world-renowned
Capital Hospital in Peking.
Chu is working with Dr.
Charles Garcia, an assistant pro-
fessor whose clinical and research
interests are similar to her own. As
a gift of friendship, she has
presented him with a copy of Fun-
dus Diseases, a book she wrote and
illustrated. It was published in
She came to UT last April in-
tending to stay only a year. But
when she told Garcia all the things
she intended to study, he was as-
tounded and told her that it would
be impossible to learn that much in
such a short time, so her stay may
A few years ago a trip such as
this would have been unthinkable
for a citizen of Communist-con-
trolled mainland China. But Chu
said that since the overthrow of the
Gang of Four, the government of
China has been encouraging ex-
perts to visit Western countries to
learn as much as possible of their
advanced technology in an effort to
modernize the country.
Chu was understandably ner-
vous about coming to the United
States. Her familiarity with the
English language was limited to
courses taken duing her high school
years in the early 1940s. English
wasn't heard in China after the
"liberation" of 1948 until very
recently, Chu said.
A few years ago a trip such as this
would have been unthinkable for a
citizen of Communist-controlled
She began to worry when she
arrived and turned on the televison
"The people on the adver-
tisements spoke so fast. The first
day at work I did not say a word.
But Dr. Garcia spoke very slowly
and everyone has been very
helpful," she commented.
Although the Chinese govern-
ment and the World Health
Organization (WHO) are awarding
grants for doctors to visit Western
countries, Chu is here through her
own resourcefulness. The govern-
ment grants are going to younger
scientists, and she was afraid she
would be considered "too old to
Although she received a high
score on the examination for WHO
grants, the grants were limited to
specialists in certain fields this
year, and she had no idea when
there would be some for
Fortunately, her sister has
been living in this country for 33
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VACATION may be over but many memories are preserved in photographs like this one,
which wor first place in the black and white competition of the HoUTexan Shutterbug
Sweepstakes. Paul D. Guthrie, research associate in physiology at the Medical School, used a
Nikon F to take the picture at San Angelo, Tx., in August. He received $25 and a certificate.
Because of the small number of black and white entries, no second or third place awards
were given. For more winning photographs see pages 6 and 7. All entries will be on display in
the glass cases of the Medical School Leather Lounge, Sept. 29-Oct. 10. Entrants may pick up
their photographs in Room 533, Prudential Building. after that time. Judges were Sandy
Gerth, director of audiovisual services for the School of Public Health: Gary Parker, public
affairs photographer; and Rich Sabo, photographer for ophthalmology in the Medical School.
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