Community Champion 2023 of the Chinese Information & Advice Centre (CIAC), Dr Ang Swee Chai.
The award was presented to Dr Ang at The Cholmondeley Room and Terrace of the House of Lords in London, in a ceremony and dinner that was hosted by Baroness Uddin.
Dr Ang Swee Chai was born in Penang, Malaysia but grew up and studied in Singapore. She obtained her medical degree in 1973, and her masters in Occupational Medicine, in 1976, at the University of Singapore. She was a silver medallist for her undergraduate degree, and gold medallist for her masters.
In 1977, she joined her husband in exile in London, and became a refugee herself.
She obtained her FRCS (England) and completed her orthopaedic surgical training in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the northeast of England.
She is the first female orthopaedic consultant appointed to the St Bartholomew and the Royal London hospitals.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, she took time out to work as a trauma and orthopaedics consultant in the refugee camps of Lebanon, and later for the United Nations in Gaza and World Health organisation in the West Bank.
She is co-founder and patron of the British charity, Medical Aid for Palestinians.
She has also treated the victims of the Pakistan (Kashmir) earthquake, and as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, operated on and looked after the victims of the 7 July 2005 suicide bomb victims in the Royal London Hospital.
Dr Ang is the author of the book, “From Beirut to Jerusalem” in which she documents her experience in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Gaza.
Here is an audio of Dr Ang’s acceptance speech for being awarded the Community Champion 2023 of the Chinese Information & Advice Centre (CIAC).
An audio of Dr Ang being interviewed by AlJazeera
Below are photos of the ceremony at the House of Lords, in London. Dr Ang’s friend, Ms Ming, collected the award on her behalf.
This is the transcript for Dr Ang’s speech.