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also known as Dr. T. D. Lee

lecturer , physician , writer , welfare worker

Ting-tung Li was a overseas Chinese physician, writer, lecturer and welfare worker.


Mr. Li was born in Fatshan, Kwangtung, China in 1898.


Ting-tung Li received early education from private tutors in his home town. Then he went to America for higher education at the age of sixteen.

Mr. Li was a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1920, graduate of Northwestern University, School of Medicine in Chicago with Doctor of Medicine degree in 1925. While serving his internship at George Washington University Hospital at Washington, D. C, he took up postgraduate work in Pathology.


Ting-tung Li returned to Canton in 1926, joining the teaching staff of Kwong Hua Medical College at Canton as professor of pathology and internal medicine and as director of the Kwong Hua Hospital clinical laboratory for two years. Then he made his second trip to America in 1928 and since then had been practising medicine and surgery in Portland, Oregon meanwhile, interesting himself in various civic and patriotic activities of the local Chinese community.

Mr. Li held the position of clinical instructor in Oregon University Medical School, being the first and only Chinese who ever held such a position in the said university, was a member of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Portland. His wit and humor attract large audiences to his lectures in America, especially on subjects pertaining to the SinoJapanese controversy in 1931-1932. He also organized with other Chinese leaders of Portland the Portland Chinese Patriotic Society and the Chinese Aeronautic Association and School of America in 1931, was a contributor of articles on subjects of medicine, sanitation and current topics to the Chinese Medical Journal, the American Medical Journal and the San Francisco Chinese Dailies.

Ting-tung Li was well known in America among both overseas Chinese and Americans, especially along the Pacific coast.