Ma Haide (George Hatem)

Ma Haide (George Hatem)

Ma Haide (George Hatem)

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Ma Haide (; September 26, 1910 – October 3, 1988), born Shafick George Hatem in Buffalo, New York, became a citizen of the People's Republic of China since 1949, was a doctor and public health official in China from 1933 until his death.

Family background

Shafick George Hatem was born into a Lebanese-American family in upstate New York. His father Nahoum Salaama Hatem moved to the United States from the village of Hamana in the Metn mountains of Lebanon in 1902, to take a job at a textile mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1909, on a trip to Lebanon, Nahoum married Thamam Joseph, a woman two years younger from the village of Bahannes.

George Hatem's parents were of Maronite background.

Soon after being married, the Hatem family moved to Buffalo, New York, where Nahoum took a job at a steel mill. It was in Buffalo where their first child, George, was born on September 26, 1910.

Early life

George Hatem attended pre-med classes at the University of North Carolina and medicine at the American University in Beirut and the University of Geneva. While in Geneva, he, called by...
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