The College of Medicine for Chinese: The Early Years
The Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese opened its doors in 1887, with the first intake comprising 12 students. One of them was Sun Yat-sen, who distinguished himself in the college but who, later in life, took up politics instead. To this day, he is known as the founding father of the Republic of China, Asia’s first republic. Of the first intake, only two graduated five years later, in 1892, Sun Yat-sen and Kong Ying-wa, and received the Licentiate of the College. However, the Hong Kong Government did not recognize the college’s diploma, and its licentiates were not allowed by law to practice western medicine in Hong Kong, but, like all Chinese, they could practice traditional Chinese herbal medicine.