A Foreigner’s Chengdu Complex

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-06-29

Ms. Marion Alfretta Walmsley Walker with her husband and her granddaughter returned to her birthplace —— Chengdu.

“In my house I have a handmade model of the Chinese pavilion featuring the Chengdu Wangjiang Pavilion which left me so many beautiful memories of my childhood in the city,” said Marion Alfretta Walmsley Walker, an 82-year-old Canadian who was born in Chengdu in 1932.

In late April, Ms. Marion Alfretta Walmsley Walker with her husband and her granddaughter returned to her birthplace —— Chengdu to recollect her childhood and grandfather, Dr. Retta Gifford Kilborn, one of the founders of the first western medicine hospital in western China (it is the predecessor of the Chengdu Second People’s Hospital) and those of the current West China School of Medicine/West China Hospital, Sichuan University.

Before the age of 16, Ms. Marion Alfretta Walmsley Walker lived with her family at Huaxiba, the site of former West China Union University (today’s West China Hospital of Sichuan University). “This time I take my granddaughter to visit Huaxiba, Chengdu Second People’s Hospital and Wangjiang Pavilion. I hope she can understand why I keep coming back and made such a model,” she said and noted “Chengdu is excellent at protection and inheritance of history and culture. I’m glad that these places stay exactly as they were and my husband and granddaughter can have a good understanding of my memories of Chengdu. ”

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